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Video-assisted thoracoscopy. This is the procedure that healthcare providers use most to obtain lung tissue. Your healthcare provider inserts a small, lighted tube with a camera (endoscope) into your chest through small incisions between your ribs. The endoscope provides a video image of the lungs and allows your healthcare provider to collect samples of tissue. This procedure must be done in the hospital under general anesthesia.
Thoracotomy. Your healthcare provider removes a few small pieces of lung tissue through an incision in the chest wall between your ribs. A thoracotomy is done in the hospital under general anesthesia.