A Better View of the Lungs
At Jefferson Regional, doctors are using endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), an advanced diagnostic procedure, to diagnose different lung conditions such as lung cancer, chronic infections and sarcoidosis. This procedure is performed by William Sims, MD, and Mohammad Omer Syed, MD.
Dr. Syed, a pulmonary disease and critical care medicine specialist, recently joined Emil Deliere, MD; David Laman, MD; Jan Madison, MD; Tobi Shuman, DO, and Dr. Sims at Pittsburgh Pulmonary Associates. Dr. Syed says that EBUS can provide physicians with a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgical procedures to evaluate patients with pulmonary issues.
An ultrasound probe is used to view the area of the chest and lungs. If abnormal areas are detected, a tissue sample is taken with a small needle guided by the ultrasound and sent to the lab for analysis.
“We have had excellent results without any major complications,” since EBUS procedures have been performed at Jefferson Regional, he adds. The relatively new diagnostic tool can offer shorter recovery times as well as the ability to obtain important information regarding different lung conditions.
Dr. Syed comes to Jefferson Regional from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where he had fellowships in critical care medicine and pulmonary medicine, respectively. He also completed his residency and internship in internal medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Pittsburgh Pulmonary Associates has two locations, in Jefferson Medical Arts building in Jefferson Hills (412-469-3600) and at the Waterfront in Homestead (412-325-0012).