Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
What is it?
This is a method where abnormal lesions in the chest can be sampled without the need for invasive surgery.
Why is it done?
This test is usually done to diagnose or stage a lung cancer; however, this procedure may also be performed for a variety of other reasons.
Details of the procedure
- EBUS can be done under sedation or a general anesthetic depending upon which one is most suitable for your situation
- After you are drowsy or unconscious, a bronchoscope with an ultrasound probe is passed through your mouth into your airways
- Once inside the airways, ultrasound images will be taken to identify and locate areas of interest
- When the lesion is located, a needle will be passed into it and small samples taken
- These samples will be sent for further testing in order to yield a diagnosis
- This is a day procedure and you will be able to return home on the same day
How do I prepare for an EBUS
- Your doctor will inform you if you need to cease any medications before the procedure
- You should have nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours prior to EBUS
- You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for the remainder of the day