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Lung Care
For more information, please contact Imaging Services/Special Procedures at 903.577.6127.

Lung Care

The specialty field of lung care is referred to as pulmonology. Our Interventional Pulmonology/Special Procedures Department is committed to the highest standard of care for our patients. Through the combined effort of TRMC and our expertly trained and published medical staff, we are able to offer cutting edge technology in a comfortable, patient-focused setting.

The Interventional Pulmonology/Special Procedures Department is under the Medical Directorship of Gordon Downie, MD. Dr. Downie is a pioneer in the world of lung cancer and specializes in procedures designed to improve the quality of life in patients with lung conditions. 

Our program consists of a dedicated outpatient admission/discharge lab and procedural room to minimize scheduling difficulties. The support staff includes registered nurses who specialize in administering conscious sedation and patient monitoring, as well as radiologic technologists to provide technical assistance during the procedures.

Bronchoscopy Procedures Provided

  • Diagnostic
    • Brushes, biopsies, lavages, washings
    • Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
    • Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
    • Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB)

  • Tumor Ablation
    • Cryotherapy
    • Electrocautery
    • Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC)
    • Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
    • Spray Cryo-Ablation
    • Fiducial Marker Placement

  • Airway Reclamation
    • Tracheobronchial Stent Placement
    • Balloon Dilatation

  • Pleuroscopy
    • Rigid
    • Semi-Rigid

  • Other Services Offered

CT Lung Cancer Screening

Early detection and early treatment may save your life. CT images show the shape, size and exact location of organs and tissue more clearly than other diagnostic tools. Call 903.577.6115 to schedule your screening.

  • Low-dose CT screening is recommended for people meeting the National Lung Screening Trial criteria: current or former smokers, aged 55-79 years, those with a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years and those with no history of lung cancer.
  • CT scanners are more sensitive than chest x-rays in finding early lung cancers.
  • The scan procedure takes about 30 minutes.