Endobronchial ultrasounds examine the airway structures as well as lymph nodes, blood vessels and abnormal tissue around the airways of the lungs. The ultrasound images give a real-time view and play an important role in diagnostic procedures and treatment planning.
A 20 MHz radial probe endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) allows our specialists to examine the airway structures, lymph nodes, blood vessels and abnormal tissue around the airways of the lungs. The radial probe provides our pulmonologists a real-time, 360 degree view of all of the structures surrounding the airway.
In particular, EBUS is used for:
- Airway wall invasion
- Mediastinal structure invasion
- Transbronchial biopsy of pulmonary nodules
- Lymph node guided TBNA
Central probe ultrasound evaluations are used to provide more information about the airway walls as well as the structures that are directly around them. The central probe uses a small balloon to make contact with the wall in question.
Peripheral probes are used frequently in our practice of making diagnoses of lung lesions that are out of view. This technology allows us to very accurately identify the size and location of lesions, and if further medical action (such as a biopsy) is required.