Endobronchial Ultrasound


Endobronchial Ultrasound or otherwise known as EBUS is a relatively new and minimally invasive way of diagnosing lung cancer, lung infections and other diseases cause by enlarged lymph nodes or masses in the chest. EBUS allows the physician to perform a technique known as transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) to obtain tissue or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes. With the use of TBNA, conventional surgery known as mediastinoscopy where a biopsy would need to be taken is no longer needed.

To perform an EBUS procedure, a thin, flexible instrument called a bronchoscope is fitted with an ultrasound device and then guided through the patient’s mouth and trachea. EBUS is a less invasive procedure and can be done under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting where patients recover much faster.

EBUS is now available at Wooster Community Hospital (WCH) where the procedure will be performed by Pulmonologist, Dr. Derek Brown of Wooster Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Brown has been training at OSU in Columbus for the past 3 years to perfect this procedure. Dr. Brown explains that EBUS basically allows us to have x-ray vision to see if a mass is present, instead of blindly going in with a needle like before. With EBUS we are going from the inside out instead of the outside in which cause much less risk for the patient. Dr. Brown is happy to be bringing this procedure to the community. Before patients would have to travel to Akron or Cleveland for an EBUS, but having it here at WCH will allow us to continue to keep our patients local.

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Pulmonary Medicine of Wooster
1761 Beall Ave Ste, 3B

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