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What is Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) – Linear/ Convex Probe

By Dr. Inder Mohan Chugh in Pulmonology

Oct 04 , 2017 | 1 min read

Department of Interventional Pulmonology at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, is one of the first centres in the North India to offer EBUS, which is a minimally invasive but a highly effective procedure to diagnose lung cancer, infections and other diseases that lead to enlarged lymph nodes (glands) in the chest.

Why Is It Used?

EBUS allows physicians to obtain tissue or fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes without conventional surgery. The samples can be used for:-

  • Diagnosing and staging lung cancer
  • Infections such as tuberculosis
  • Inflammatory diseases such as sarcoidosis
  • Other cancers like lymphoma

What Makes EBUS Different?

During an endobronchial ultrasound:

  • A special bronchoscope fitted with an ultrasound processor and a fine-gauge aspiration needle is guided through the patient’s airway.
  • The physician can perform needle biopsy on lymph nodes using the special bronchoscope
  • No incisions are necessary

Know The Benefits Of EBUS

  • It provides real-time imaging of the surface of the airways, blood vessels, lungs, and lymph nodes
  • The improved images allow the physician to easily view difficult-to-reach areas and to access more, and smaller lymph nodes for biopsy
  • The accuracy and speed of the EBUS procedure lends itself to adequate tissue samples obtained for diagnostic evaluation and rapid onsite pathologic evaluation.
  • EBUS is performed under conscious sedation or general anesthesia
  • Patients recover quickly and can usually go home the same day as it is performed as a day care procedure
  • EBUS is very cost effective and has minimal complications