WVU Berkeley offers less painful method for diagnosing lung cancer, other diseases

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center can now perform Endobronchial Ultrasound, a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections and other diseases that cause enlarged lymph nodes in the chest.

Until recently, the standard for lung-cancer screening included mediastinoscopy, a surgical procedure where a biopsy is performed through an incision in the neck. The new ultrasound procedure, on the other hand, allows a pulmonologist to perform a technique called “transbronchial needle aspiration,” which provides real-time imaging of the airways, lung tissue, vessels and lymph nodes.

Because no incisions are necessary, it can be performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure typically takes less than an hour and test results are available within 48 to 72 hours.