OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Bloomington, Illinois

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

EBUS is the latest in ultrasound technology. EBUS is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure helpful in the diagnosis of lung cancer, lymphomas, infections, and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes and tumors in the chest. 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 are able to obtain tissue and fluid samples for biopsy purposes.

The benefits of EBUS include: higher accuracy, no required cutting or incisions, the opportunity for immediate surgery if necessary, and the ability for patients to go home the same day if no further surgery is required.


In the past, patients had to travel to Peoria or Chicago to have an EBUS procedure. OSF Critical Care, Pulmonary, and Sleep Medicine is proud to provide EBUS to patients in the Bloomington-Normal area, closer to home.

Preparing for the Test

During a consultation visit with the provider, staff will give the patient all the instructions for this procedure.

What to Expect

EBUS allows for faster treatment time and can be managed on an outpatient basis.

Results and Recovery

Patient will be able to go home the same day if no further surgery is required.

Test results will be given to the patient in five to seven days following the procedure at their follow-up visit with their provider.


Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.