OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Bronchoscopy Services

shutterstock_157047602.jpg Bronchoscopy allows your doctor to look at your airway though a thin viewing instrument called a bronchoscope. Bronchoscopy may be done to diagnose problems with the airway or to treat problems such as an object or growth in the airway.

Bronchial Thermoplasty

Bronchial thermoplasty is a non-drug procedure for severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists.

This minimally invasive bronchoscopic procedure is performed in three outpatient procedure visits, each treating a different area of the lungs and scheduled approximately three weeks apart. After all three procedures are performed; the bronchial thermoplasty treatment is complete.

Bronchial thermoplasty is expected to complement asthma maintenance medications by providing long-lasting asthma control and improving asthma-related quality of life of patients with severe asthma. In addition, bronchial thermoplasty has been demonstrated to reduce severe exacerbations (asthma attacks) emergency rooms visits for respiratory symptoms, and time lost from work, school and other daily activities due to asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty is routinely performed under moderate sedation or light anesthesia, and the patient typically goes home the same day.

Endobronchial Bronchoscopy - EBUS

The EBUS procedure uses and ultrasound bronchoscope that allows your doctor to perform a procedure known as transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) to obtain tissue of fluid samples from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes (mediastinal) without surgery. The samples can be used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, detecting infections, and identifying inflammatory diseases that affect the lungs.

Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy
(SD- superDimension inReach™)

The superDimension inReach™ Sysem uses electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (a type of GPS for your lungs) that provides a minimally invasive access to lesions deep in the lungs as well as mediastinal lymph nodes. A CT scan of the lung is performed prior to procedure. A biopsy (sampling) will then be performed to be used for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, detecting infections, and identifying inflammatory diseases that affect the lungs.


Thoracentesis is done to help figure out what may be causing fluid to build up in the chest around the lungs (called pleural effusion.) Thoracentesis involves placement of a needle and/or thin, hollow plastic tube in between the ribs and into the chest to get some the fluid for testing. Thoracentesis may also be done to make patients more comfortable, by relieving some of the pressure on the lungs. This is typically a 30 minute procedure.

Chest Tubes

A chest tube insertion is a procedure to place a flexible, hollow drainage tube into the chest in order to remove an abnormal collection of air or fluid from the pleural space (located between the inner and outer lining of the lung). This is typically a 30 minute procedure.