Jefferson University Hospitals

Tests & Treatments

  • Arterial Blood Gas
    A blood test taken from the artery of the arm that is used to evaluate your lung's ability to provide blood with oxygen and remove carbon dioxide.

  • BiPAP Therapy
    Used to treat more than just sleep apnea; it's also useful if you have various lung disorders.

  • Brachytherapy
    Has been shown to be highly effective in treating many types of cancer, and is particularly effective for small, localized tumors.

  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
    Delivers radiofrequency energy (or heat) to the airway walls in the lungs to reduce excess airway smooth muscle and limit the muscle's ability to constrict the airways – and help you breathe better.

  • Bronchoscopy
    A pulmonologist performs a test called bronchoscopy to diagnose several lung diseases, cancers, infections, nodules or blockage by a tumor.

  • Chemotherapy
    Chemotherapy has the ability to reach cancer that may have spread, even microscopically, throughout the body.

  • ECMO
    Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation provides prolonged respiratory and cardiac support to patients whose lungs and heart are so severely diseased or damaged that they cannot normally function on their own.

  • Mediastinoscopy
    During a mediastinoscopy, a thoracic surgeon will insert an endoscope through a small incision at the top of your chest to diagnose and stage lung cancer.

  • Peak Flow Measurement
    Our physicians use a variety of procedures to determine the severity of asthma including peak flow measurement, which involves using a peak flow meter.

  • Photodynamic Therapy
    This treatment is FDA approved for palliation of esophageal cancer and for other esophageal cancers which fail to respond to standard treatment.

  • Pulmonary Function Tests
    By assessing lung volumes, capacities, rates of flow and gas exchange, PFTs provide information that, when evaluated by your physician, can help diagnosis certain lung disorders.

  • Radiofrequency Ablation
    Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive treatment of tumors of the liver, kidney, bone and lung; Barrett's esophagus; varicose veins; various pain conditions; and a wide variety of disorders where the heart beats too fast or sometimes irregularly, called cardiac arrhythmia.

  • Rapid Access Radiation Therapy (RAP-PT)
    Rapid Access Radiation Therapy provides pain relief for cancer that has spread to the bone as a source of comfort for patients with advanced cancer. It can be used as an alternative to narcotics or in addition to other pain medications.

  • Thoracentesis
    If you are suspected of having lung cancer or other lung diseases, we may perform a thoracentesis in which fluid removed from the sac surrounding the lungs is examined for cancer cells.

  • VATS Lobectomy
    This state-of-the-art procedure involves inserting specially designed surgical instruments into the chest cavity through small incisions to remove a lobe of your lung.