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Evaluating our airways for signs of disease - including lung cancer - can be tricky. According to medical guidelines, any enlarged lymph nodes located around the root of the lungs need to be evaluated. This is a difficult area to evaluate, and in the past, surgery was required to do so. Today, however, advances in technology allow doctors to use tools such as Endobronchial Ultrasounds to conduct exams and perform biopsies - all without a single surgical cut.
If you may benefit from an Endobronchial Ultrasound, your doctor will discuss this evaluation option with you during your appointment. To ensure you receive the care and screenings you need to prevent serious lung disease, call us at (814) 946-2845 or book an appointment online.
Endobronchial Ultrasounds (EBUS) are a procedure that utilizes a specific, specialized type of bronchoscope. These fiberoptic tubes are equipped with a small ultrasound probe. The probe allows doctors to "see" through the walls of the lungs, as well as biopsy any enlarged lymph nodes in the lungs. The results from these procedures can be helpful not just in diagnosing lung cancer, but in determining how advanced the cancer is.
Not at all. These procedures are classified as outpatient care, meaning that patients come in and go home on the same day. The procedure is done under anesthesia and takes about one hour to complete.
The following are a few key highlights from a typical EBUS procedure -