Thoracic Ultrasound-Guided Lung/Pleural/Lymph Node Biopsies
As a pioneer and a leader in the use of ultrasound technology, UC San Diego Medical Center is proud to offer our patients minimally invasive biopsy options. In the Interventional Pulmonology Unit, an ultrasound is used as an adjunct to many procedures, including thoracentesis, paracentesis, lung biopsy, pleural biopsy, and lymph node aspiration. It enchances the physicians ability to safely sample lung lesions and neck or body lymph nodes with high accuracy.
This tool can be used to determine if infection, cancer, or other inflammatory processes are present. An ultrasound is used by our physicians after examining PET and body or chest CAT scans to determine when an ultrasound guided procedure is needed to diagnose lung disease or lymph node pathology.
Video of an Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy of Thickened Pleural
Video of an Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy of a Neck Lymph Node
Why is it used?
- An ultrasound allows physicians to perform highly diagnostic, minimally invasive pulmonary or lymph node biopsies
- Minimally invasive biopsies may avoid the need for more invasive, high risk procedures
- Many diseases, including lung cancer, sarcoidosis, lymphoma, mesothelioma, and other inflammatory disorders can be diagnosed using ultrasound-guided procedures
What Makes Ultrasound-Guided Lung/Pleural/Lymph Node Biopsies Different?
- There is less risk with a higher degree of accuracy compared to other procedures without an ultrasound
- It is an extremely safe procedure that allows for maneuverability of biopsy instruments, which gives physicians access to lung lesions, pleural lesions, or enlarged lymph nodes
Benefits of Ultrasound-Guided Biopsies
- May increase the chance of diagnosing and staging lung cancer, mesothelioma, lymphoma, sarcoidosis, infections, and inflammatory disease with less risk of complications, like bleeding or lung injury.
Learn More About Ultrasound-Guided Lung/Pleural/Lymph Node Biopsies
At UC San Diego Medical Center’s Interventional Pulmonology Unit, the following interventional pulmonologists specialize in ultrasound guided biopsy procedures:
All referrals will still have the option of continuing their treatment with their primary care physicians after the ultrasound guided biopsy procedure.
For an appointment, for more information, or to find out how to refer a patient, please contact the Interventional Pulmonology Unit, 619-543-5840.