Diagnosis

Premier Health offers this Lung Cancer Algorithm that outlines the screening, diagnostic, treatment, and supportive care process for patients with suspected lung cancer.

For your patients with lung cancer, we offer this information about the technologies we use for diagnosis.

If you have had an X-ray or CT scan that indicates a spot on your lung — or if you have symptoms that require further investigation — our advanced imaging technology at Premier Health helps us diagnose or rule out lung cancer.

These technologies offer precise navigation and ability to access difficult-to-reach areas:

  • CT scan (CT) guided biopsy: CT helps to guide and insert a hollow needle through the skin to draw out tissue or fluid from the lung for testing. A biopsy can help us rule out lung cancer or determine the type and stage of cancer.
  • Bronchoscopy: Your doctor inserts a flexible tube into your lung to look at the passageways in your lungs and evaluate whether you have lung cancer. Your doctor can also take a small tissue sample (biopsy) for further study.
  • Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS): Ultrasound guidance allows for a better examination of the lymph nodes and other structures in the center of the chest.
  • Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB) or superDimensionTM Navigation System ENB: This diagnostic procedure is used to reach tumors that cannot be reached with a routine bronchoscopy, such as tumors located on the outside edges of the lungs where smaller bronchi are not wide enough to allow passage of a normal bronchoscope. It is used to obtain biopsies as an alternative to CT-guided biopsy.

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Premier Health offers an extensive network of experienced cancer specialists, close to home, who welcome your referrals. Find a cancer specialist best suited to your patient’s unique needs.

Our cancer specialists have access to nationally recognized cancer care protocols and best practices, since Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center.