Lung & Respiratory Care
Accurate detection of lung disease and advanced treatment technologies are key to decreasing chronic health problems associated with the lungs. Crozer Health's multi-disciplinary, experienced team of pulmonary and oncological physicians, nurses, and technologists use the latest technologies to detect, diagnose and treat diseases of the lung. For patients who are at high risk for developing lung cancer and who have a physician's order, our six, designated Lung Cancer Screening Centers of Excellence are conveniently located throughout Delaware County.
When you or a loved one is experiencing breathing difficulties or chest pain, it can be frightening and confusing.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Crozer Health offers the following advanced technologies to detect, diagnose and treat all types of lung conditions.
Bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to directly visualize the interior passageways of the lower respiratory tract through a bronchoscope (a long, narrow, fiberoptic, lighted tube inserted through the nose or mouth). With the bronchoscope, the doctor can see the larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), bronchi (large airways to the lungs), and bronchioles (smaller branches of the bronchi).
There are two types of bronchoscopies, characterized by the type of bronchoscope used: flexible or rigid. The type of bronchoscope used will determine the extent to which the bronchioles of the lung are visualized.
Through our association with Philadelphia CyberKnife®, patients diagnosed with cancerous tumors may be offered the CyberKnife radiosurgery system, which targets and destroys small and previously inaccessible tumors. Learn more about CyberKnife Radiosurgery, including how it works, patient benefits, types of cancers treated and more.
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) is a minimally invasive procedure for detecting, identifying and staging lung cancer and other diseases of the chest. An outpatient procedure that generally does not require surgical incisions, EBUS instead uses a bronchoscope with a small ultrasound probe that is inserted through the patient’s mouth. Biopsies can then be taken using a needle that is inserted into the precisely targeted tissue through the airway wall.
EBUS can also be useful in the placement of fiducial markers that are required for CyberKnife radiation therapy treatments.
Crozer Health offers a Lung Screening Program using low-dose CT scans, which can detect lung tumors early and reduce the lung cancer mortality rate by 20 percent for smokers.
A PET/CT scan allows physicians to measure the body's abnormal molecular cell activity to detect Cancer, Brain Disorders and Heart Disease. PET scans are simple, painless, and fast, providing real-life answers to better diagnose illness, guide treatment options, and give patients ultimate control over their critical and vital healthcare decisions.
Pulmonary Function Testing
Pulmonary function tests are a group of test that measure how well your lungs work. Physicians use the tests to diagnose conditions such as asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Varian Linear Accelerator
This new “rapid arc” technology, located at the Crozer Health Regional Cancer Center at Brinton Lake, improves the speed and precision of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
This machine assists image-guided radiation therapy and provides multiple forms of imaging, including cone beam CT scans, radiographic, fluoroscopic and ultrasound—all of which help our radiation oncologists locate a tumor with far greater accuracy.
Pediatric Pulmonary Services
Crozer Health pediatric pulmonologists perform comprehensive breathing evaluations for infants, children and young adults up to 21 years old. These evaluations include lung function tests, exercise test, bronchoscopies and sleep studies.
We provide pediatric pulmonary services for children with tracheostomies, who require continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or home ventilators and those struggling with breathing problems, including asthma, chronic cough, pneumonia and noisy breathing.
How to Quit Smoking
Quitting takes hard work and a lot of effort, but you can be tobacco free! Learn about the resources and education available from Crozer Health to help you take this step toward a healthier lifestyle.
Request an Appointment
To request an appointment with a Crozer Health lung specialist who is right for you, please call 1-800-254-3258 (1-800-254-3258).
To request an appointment with a lung cancer specialist, please call 1-866-695-HOPE (1-866-695-4673) or fill out and submit our secure, online appointment request form.
Crozer Health ’s asthma specialists assist children and their families in the diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma.