Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
Mission Hospital is proud to introduce new Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) technology for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer, infections and other inflammatory diseases in the bronchial tree. EBUS is a minimally-invasive procedure that is proven to be highly effective compared with traditional diagnostic procedures, such as mediastinoscopy.
How EBUS Works
An ultrasound-guided bronchoscope is inserted into the mouth and passed through the trachea to the bronchi to visualize the airway wall and adjacent structures. A biopsy or removal of abnormal lesions can also be performed simultaneously through transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA).
The Benefits of EBUS
- Low-risk/minimally invasive
- TBNA, used to obtain tissue or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes, can be performed with EBUS
- Incisions are not required
- Provides real-time imaging of airways, blood vessels, lungs and lymph nodes
- Improved access to difficult-to-reach areas and smaller lymph nodes for biopsy
- Biopsies can be processed as they are obtained
- Typically performed as an outpatient procedure with quicker recovery times