Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscopy (EBUS)Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a minimally invasive but highly effective procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections and other diseases. Bakersfield Heart Hospital is the first and only hospital in the central valley to offer EBUS.
EBUS allows physicians to obtain tissue or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes in the chest without conventional surgery. The samples can be used to diagnose and stage lung cancer, detect infections and identify inflammatory diseases like sarcoidosis or cancers like lymphoma.
The physician can perform needle aspiration on lymph nodes using a bronchoscope inserted through the mouth. No incisions are necessary.
EBUS provides real-time imaging of the surface of the airways, blood vessels, lungs and lymph nodes. The improved images allow for easy viewing of difficult to reach areas and to access more and smaller lymph nodes for biopsy with an aspiration needle. The accuracy and speed of the EBUS procedure lends itself to rapid pathologic evaluation.
EBUS is performed under moderate sedation or general sedation. Patients recover quickly and can usually go home the same day.