If you have chest pain, chronic cough or trouble breathing, you may need tests to see if you have a lung disease.
Lung biopsies and other diagnostic tests used to be quite invasive. When doctors wanted to look in the chest cavity or take a tissue sample, they often had to perform surgery.
Today, doctors can see inside your lungs and perform biopsies without surgical incisions. Mercy offers eligible patients an advanced test called endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). It combines a procedure called bronchoscopy with ultrasound imaging.
Like traditional bronchoscopy, EBUS is a minimally invasive procedure. Your doctor inserts a thin, hollow tube (bronchoscope) into your mouth, then guides it down your throat and into your lungs. The lighted bronchoscope is attached to a tiny camera. This gives your doctor a close-up view inside your chest.
With EBUS, the endoscope is also attached to an ultrasound device. It uses sound waves to capture images of the chest. It can take detailed pictures of your lungs, mediastinum, pleural cavity and lymph nodes.
During EBUS, your doctor can also perform a biopsy to remove a small tissue sample that will be examined in a lab.
EBUS can diagnose most lung disorders, including:
EBUS offers advantages over other procedures that diagnose lung disease, such as mediastinoscopy. These include:
Your Mercy care team will make sure you understand what to expect before, during and after your test. For example:
It’s natural to feel nervous before having a medical procedure. And waiting for results can cause extra anxiety. But you can take comfort knowing we have experience diagnosing and treating even the most challenging lung disorders. No matter what your test results show, you’ll find the medical care and emotional support you need at Mercy.