The Pulmonary and Therapeutic Endoscopy Lab offers diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of lung conditions. Northside's team of pulmonologists (physicians specializing in pulmonary conditions), pulmonary therapeutic specialists and endoscopy nurses are ready to collaborate with you and other related health care specialists, including anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists, and radiologists, to develop an individualized plan of care.
Lung conditions that may be evaluated in this unit include: cancer,tuberculosis, tumors, secretions, bleeding, blockage or foreign body; such abnormalities as tracheal stenosis, persistent cough, or blood in the sputum, which is a thick mucus-like substance produced by the lungs. Evaluation may be accomplished by collecting sputum, bronchi/bronchiole tissue samples, and cells collected from washing the lining of the bronchi or bronchioles.
Therapeutic procedures are used to remove a foreign body or excessive secretions. Many pulmonary (lung) conditions can be treated on an out-patient basis, however, occasionally patients will require hospitalization to manage their conditions. Northside recognizes this need and provides a medical-surgical and intensive care unit designed to meet the care needs of these patients.
Atlanta Campus: Patients
are cared for on the 5th central floor but also may be placed
on floors 2 through 6 of the
Forsyth Campus: Patients are cared for on floors 3 or 4of the hospital.
Cherokee Campus:Patients are cared for on floors 2 and 4 of the hospital.
Bronchoscopy - This test allows the physician to look inside the airways of the lung for abnormalities and take samples of the tissue or secretions to be examined under the microscope. A bronchoscopy can be done to find out why a patient may be coughing up blood (hemoptysis) or why there may be certain changes on a chest x-ray.
Bronchoscopies are performed at all our campus hospitals.
Endoscopic ultrasound of the bronchial tree (EBUS) -
This type of test, similar to other ultrasounds, allows the physician to
look at the structures surrounding the airways to help determine if
signs of cancer are present. These cancers may be lung
cancer or cancers from nearby organs like the esophagus or lymph
Once a cancer diagnosis is made, this information will help the medical team and patient develop the best treatment plan.
You have the option of completing some of your admission documents before you arrive for your GI/Pulmonary Endoscopy Lab procedure.
Please click on the link above to navigate to the Patient Pre-Registration page. Here you will find additional links, instructions, answers to frequent questions and contact information should you need assistance from a hospital representative.
Please click on the link above to access the Patient Data Base Form. Please print a copy, complete the requested information about your medical history and medications, then bring this copy with you to your procedure.