Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
The EBUS procedure is similar to a bronchoscopy except that it uses ultrasound technology to visualize structures in and around the bronchial tree or the lungs. This allows the physician to see beyond the bronchial wall to the diseased tissue, lymph nodes or lesions outside of the bronchial airways. Therefore, it can be used in the diagnosis of lung cancer, infections and other diseases that cause enlarged lymph nodes in the chest, and to evaluate lesions which cause airway invasion.
This procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes and requires sedation. Recovery time is the same as a bronchoscopy, one to two hours.