Significant strides made in the name of research development at Kelowna General Hospital after a $20,000 donation was granted from TB Vets Charitable Foundation to support efforts by KGH to acquire a new Endobronchial Ultrasound Video Scope (EBUS).
The hefty cost of this valued scope sits at $48,000 and is vital for diagnosis and pre-treatment staging of lung cancer to determine the extent of the disease.
“Since 2007, we have performed more than 1,500 EBUS examinations on patients from all over the Interior and Northern regions of B.C. EBUS has allowed for more accurate assessment of the malignancies in a less invasive manner and is now the gold standard in mediastinal assessment of the chest area,” said Dr. Michael Humer, Thoracic Surgeon at KGH.
Examinations prior to the use of the EBUS were substantially more risky, difficult, and required an extended time period for a patient to heal, as it was necessary to make a surgical incision in a patient’s neck to obtain tissue samples.
The EBUS eases the process for the patient and the innovative design allows physicians to see lymph nodes and surrounding vessels in real-time, via ultrasound, while simultaneously viewing the endoscopic image.
A cheque for $20,000 was presented to Doug Rankmore, CEO of KGH Foundation, at the TB Vets Awards and Donor Recognition event on October 2nd in Vancouver.