>A Endobronchial Ultrasound may be used in combination with a Bronchoscopy. It allows the Doctor to look at specific areas of lung to determine diagnosis and determine the stage of lung cancer.
Reasons for Endobronchial Ultrasound
The Endobronchial Ultrasound allows the Doctor to see a more in depth view of the lung to determine the stage of lung cancer. The Endobronchial Ultrasound is able to find tumors and enlarged lymph nodes and shows the areas of the lungs to treat with chemotherapy or remove during surgery of lung cancer patients.
The Endobronchial Ultrasound replaces some other invasive tests of the past. There are 4 main reasons to use the Endobronchial Ultrasound and they are:
- Look for enlarged lymph nodes and tumors
- Diagnose tumors found in the lung
- Diagnose enlarged lymph nodes in the top area of the lungs
- Diagnose tumors in the top area of the lungs
How do I get ready for Endobronchial Ultrasound
There is nothing special that need to be done for this test as it is used when you are having a bronchoscopy.
What is it going to be like ?
If the Doctor doing the Bronchoscopy feels the need to look more closely at areas of the lungs a second probe is inserted to send sound waves that will show enlarged lymph nodes or tumors and can be used to determine the stage of cancer present. If there are areas that cause concern a sample of that area will be taken for further testing.
Are there any risks?
The risks are the same as a Bronchoscopy
So what happens after?
You will meet with your Doctor to discuss the findings and treatments available.Talk to us