Lung Nodules, Interventional Pulmonary

A lung nodule is a small growth inside the lung. It can be seen on an X-ray as a small growth. Often, lung nodules are found while performing a diagnostic test such as a chest CT scan or X-ray for another medical reason. 
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Lung nodules are common and the majority are noncancerous (benign). Noncancerous lung nodules can develop for a number of reasons, including abnormal formation of tissue, inflammation, bacterial and fungal infection, scar tissue, and blood vessel abnormalities. Interventional Pulmonary is a subspecialty in which physicians are trained to diagnose and treat advanced lung diseases using minimally invasive procedures.

Our Approach

Patients benefit greatly from a multidisciplinary program involving a number of University of Minnesota clinicians offering their medical knowledge and experience. Your care team includes lung disease specialists such as interventional pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, and pathologists who meet twice weekly to discuss your individualized care plan. This collaboration helps to expedite care by eliminating multiple clinic appointments.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures


A biopsy is a procedure to remove tissue in order to test it for cancer. The cells can be removed in several ways and then analyzed in a laboratory.
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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and treat other non-cancerous conditions. Several types of radiation therapy is often used to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
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Bronchial Thermoplasty

Bronchial thermoplasty is a fairly new treatment method for patients with severe or persistent asthma. The procedure uses a bronchoscopically-introduced catheter to deliver precisely-controlled clearance to the airways.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
  • General Surgery
  • Bronchoscopic Lung Reduction for Emphysema/COPD
  • Bronchoscopic Treatment of Bronchopleural Fistulas
  • Whole Lung Lavage for Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
  • Airway tumor removal, stent placement
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

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