Interventional Pulmonology

Interventional Pulmonology

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

  • Endobronchial 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.


Photodynamic Therapy

  • Photodynamic 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 perform.

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