Medistinoscopy is the procedure of choice for staging lung cancer and is used to evaluate other benign (sarcoid) and malignant diseases of the mediastinum, such as lymphoma.
Standard mediastinoscopy uses a narrow working channel that makes it very difficult to teach. Video mediastinoscopy is an improvement upon the conventional technology, adding a video camera to the end of the six-inch conventional scope.
Video mediastinoscopy is safer and easier to use because physicians can view images and structures on a large screen rather than through a narrow scope. Other benefits include:
Use of video mediastinoscopy is another example of how the NYU Medical Center and the Division of Thoracic Surgery strive to provide patients with the most up-to-date therapies available.