Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Endobronchial ultrasound for lung cancer

EBUS for lung cancer

EBUS is a less invasive alternative to a mediastinoscopy, a surgical procedure requiring a series of incisions in the chest under general anesthesia.

What is an endobronchial ultrasound?

An endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) uses ultrasound guidance to detect cancerous cells in the lymph nodes of the chest.

During an EBUS, the bronchoscope is fitted with an ultrasound device to reach the lymph nodes and remove a sample of tissue.

Using EBUS, your physician can perform the same procedure using a very thin needle aspiration to obtain a tissue sample of the lymph nodes in the chest.