The practice of introducing radiopaque substances into the bronchi for diagnostic purposes is now thoroughly established. This is particularly true in the case of adults, but bronchography has not been so generally adopted in children, chiefly because of the difficulty in obtaining the cooperation of these young patients. While the ordinary roentgenogram of the chest is of great diagnostic value, there are many lesions that can be visualized with much greater certainty and clarity after the introduction of opaque substances. The best medium for this purpose is iodized poppy-seed oil 40 per cent (lipiodol), since it is practically nontoxic, easily manipulated, and very opaque to the x-rays. The value of bronchography is demonstrated particularly in cases of bronchiectasis. The opaque oil not only renders the cavities visible but also shows their approximate shape, number, size and distribution.
There can be no doubt that bronchography should be employed more frequently in
IGLAUER S. ADVANTAGES OF INTUBATION METHOD OF INTRODUCING IODIZED OIL FOR BRONCHOGRAPHY IN CHILDREN. JAMA. 1931;97(21):1517-1521. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730210015005