Minimally Invasive Lung Cancer Diagnosis and Staging
Lung cancer is the leading cause of all cancer-related deaths in the U.S among every ethnic group, according to data from the Lung Cancer Alliance. The radial endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) bronchoscopy procedure is a minimally invasive method for diagnosing peripheral lung nodules. The need for such methods is only expected to increase.
EBUS transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) and radial EBUS are proven techniques for reliable, minimally invasive diagnosis and lung cancer staging. These procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis instead of requiring a more complex procedure or surgery. They also may reduce the number of required procedures as well as the number of complications that can arise from other diagnostic modalities.
The Olympus EBUS Solution can help bronchoscopy and thoracic surgery departments meet the triple aim of healthcare reform by helping to increase quality of care, decrease costs and enhance patient satisfaction.
A depiction of an Olympus EBUS Endoscope in a lung
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EBUS-TBNA enables doctors to see beyond the walls of the airways to detect the exact location of lymph nodes. A sample of the lymph nodes can then be taken using the Olympus ViziShot EBUS-TBNA needle. EBUS-TBNA technology helps the physician visually guide the needle in real-time to the intended site to obtain the sample.
Radial EBUS helps doctors get more accurate samples of nodules in areas that are difficult to access. A small ultrasound probe (radial EBUS probe) is inserted down a flexible bronchoscope. An ultrasonic image is displayed on a monitor. Once the exact location of the lesion is identified, the probe is withdrawn and a biopsy sampling device is inserted down the scope to collect tissue samples for biopsy.
Podcast: Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Bronchoscopy Procedure
Mimi White, MD speaks on an EBUS procedure.
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