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EBUS is used to determine if lung cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the chest.
During an EBUS procedure, a thin, flexible instrument called a bronchoscope is fitted with an ultrasound device and guided through the patient's mouth and trachea.
This allows us to obtain real-time images in and around the lungs and to identify difficult-to-reach tumors.
We can also use EBUS to biopsy a tissue or fluid sample from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes in the chest.
EBUS is less invasive and can be done under local anesthesia in an out-patient setting.