Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Radiology

The diagnosis and treatment of complex lung problems often requires specialized imaging (or x-ray) methods. Our physicians have immediate access to the most advanced imaging methods for diseases of the lung including:

  • Spiral and high resolution CT scanning
  • MRI imaging
  • Interventional radiology

Physicians with special expertise in these tests are readily available to provide consultation to our physicians.

Diagnostic Pathology

The diagnosis of lung problems may require a biopsy of the lung tissue to be examined under a microscope. Experts in the examination of these specimens called pathologists, provide assistance to our physicians with the diagnosis and management of your lung disease.

Laboratory Services

Bronchoscopy laboratory

Pulmonary physicians often use a diagnostic test called bronchoscopy to assist with analyzing a patients lung disease. During this procedure, the doctor looks inside the lung by using a soft flexible tube called a fiberoptic bronchoscope. The fiberoptic bronchoscope transmits a continuous video picture of the inside of the airways and provides access to deep lung tissue. The Division directs a comprehensive bronchoscopy laboratory with advanced techniques including:

  • Bronchoalveolar lavage
  • Transbronchial biopsy
  • Needle aspirates
  • Laser therapy
  • Stent placement

Pulmonary Physiology Center

Our doctors use advanced physiology testing to diagnose and treat lung disease. Our physiology laboratory is nationally recognized for the expertise in testing patients with lung disease. Our laboratory facilities include the testing capability for:

  • Pulmonary function tests (including spirometry, lung volumes, and diffusion capacity)
  • Methacholine challenge testing
  • Exercise physiology
  • Advanced lung mechanics

Referrals to our laboratory for testing can be arranged by calling 412-648-6161.​

Contact Us

Comprehensive Lung Center
Falk Medical Building
Fourth floor
3601 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Schedule an appointment by calling 412-648-6161
or request an appointment online.

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