OSF Medical Group

Lung & Pulmonology

Doctor listening to patient's chest The pulmonary specialty provides evaluation and care for patients with diseases of the lungs and the respiratory tract.

Examples include: shortness of breath, chronic cough, lung nodule/lung cancer, asthma, COPD, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pulmonary hypertension, pleural effusion, interstitial lung disease, bronchiectasis, and respiratory failure.

Continuity of care when quality of life matters

While many people associate continuity of care with primary care physicians, we believe continuity of care is important in the pulmonary clinic setting as well.

Using the latest technology, along with proven therapies and diagnostic techniques, our physicians strive to help patients with chronic breathing and other pulmonary disorders to lead normal, active lives.

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

OSF HealthCare is the first in the area to offer Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), the latest in ultrasound technology.

EBUS is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. This technique is helpful in the diagnosis of lung cancer, lymphomas, infections, and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes and tumors in the chest.

Benefits

Benefits of EBUS include:

  • Higher accuracy
  • No required cutting or incisions
  • The opportunity for immediate surgery if necessary
  • Ability for patients to go home the same day if no further surgery is required

Prearing for Your EBUS/What to Expect

During the procedure, a flexible tube is inserted into the trachea or airway and down the esophagus to reach the nodes or tumors at the front, sides, and below the trachea in the lung.

Physicians then perform a technique known as a transbronchial needle aspiration to obtain tissue and fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes. Detailed instructions specific to EBUS will be given to the patient before the procedure.

Why is EBUS used?

EBUS allows physicians to display real-time, improved images and gives them the ability to easily view difficult-to-reach areas.