Interventional Pulmonary Lab
The OSF Saint Francis Interventional Pulmonary Lab (IPL) is dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of patients with lung disorders. Interventional pulmonology is a field within pulmonary medicine that focuses on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat patients with lung cancer, benign airway disorders, and lung diseases. Our experienced team works hand in hand with pulmonary physicians to help diagnose patients with lung disorders. Advanced techniques and technology are used to provide the best care for our patients.
Patients are referred to the Interventional Pulmonary Lab for:
- Specific respiratory symptoms
- X-ray abnormality
- Unknown pulmonary/lung disorder
Minimally Invasive Pulmonary Procedures
Under the direction of Patrick Whitten, MD , a specially-trained team performs minimally invasive procedures for the diagnosis of lung diseases on both inpatients and outpatients. The use of moderate sedation permits for a low risk of errors and return to home within two to three hours. This can replace the need for traditional surgery.
IPL services include bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), superDimension (SD), narrow band Imaging, radial probes, bronchial therapy, chest tubes (including Pleurx), thoracentesis, and percutaneous tracheotomy. With over 500 EBUS and 225 SD procedures performed, our Interventional Pulmonology program has been proven to be extremely successful in the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer.
In the IPL, physicians from the Illinois Lung & Critical Care Institute collaborate with colleagues in radiology, pathology, medical oncology, radiation therapy, surgeons and other specialties to provide comprehensive and effective treatment for patients.