The Interventional Pulmonology Program, a subspecialty area within the
Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s Lung Cancer Program, offers
advanced, non-invasive techniques and procedures to assist with early
diagnosis and treatment of lung cancers, as well as pulmonary nodules
and other related diseases. The following procedures are examples of the
interventional pulmonology technologies available at Northside.
Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscopy
Ultrasound Bronchoscopy (EBUS) is a minimally-invasive, highly
effective outpatient procedure used to diagnose lung cancer,
infections, and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes or
masses in the chest.
EBUS utilizes a technique known as transbronchial needle
aspiration (TBNA) to obtain tissue or fluid samples from the
lungs and surrounding lymph nodes without conventional surgery.
These samples can be used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer
and identifying inflammatory diseases that affect the lungs,
such as sarcoidosis or other cancers like lymphoma.
EBUS also provides real-time imaging of the surface of the
airways, blood vessels, lungs, and lymph nodes.
Thoracic Navigation System
All commercially-available thoracic navigation systems are electro-
magnetic navigation platforms that allow physicians to biopsy solitary
pulmonary nodules for the potential of early diagnosis of lung cancer.
This technology gives physicians the ability to visualize, navigate,
confirm, and biopsy peripheral lung lesions percutaneously.
Therapy (PDT) is a bronchoscopy procedure that uses
light-activated drugs and a laser to destroy cancer cells and
treat symptomatic tissues.
Unlike radiation and chemotherapy, PDT can be repeated on the
same area multiple times, making it a good option for treating
tumors that may reoccur.
PDT is an outpatient procedure that takes just a few minutes to