Pulmonary Services

KRMC Cardiovascular Care
Pulmonary services are offered at Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung, a department of Kalispell Regional Medical Center, to diagnose and treat lung diseases, chronic respiratory infections and breathing problems. A number of our services are unique to northwest Montana and to the region.

We offer interventional pulmonology using minute devices to examine and treat conditions in the lungs. For instance, instead of a lung biopsy that requires major surgery, our specialists can perform a minimally invasive procedure to find cancer and determine whether it has spread.

We work closely with the other physicians at Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung, including specialists in cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiac surgery, electrophysiology and sleep medicine. We also work closely with thoracic surgery to offer a complete range of the thoracic disease treatment. We conduct a multispecialty board meeting to discuss all abnormal results of tests and imaging.

Conditions and Symptoms Treated

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Respiratory infections
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep disorders

Pulmonary Services

  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Chest x-ray and CT scans
  • Flexible bronchoscopy, rigid bronchoscopy, superDimension electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Endobronchial valve therapy for COPD and persistent air leaks
  • Airway stenting
  • Laser therapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma
  • Photodynamic therapy for early endobronchial cancers
  • Lung cancer screening
  • Sleep studies
Patients do not need a referral for pulmonary services. To learn more or make an appointment, call (406) 257-8992.

Many pulmonary procedures are performed using a bronchoscope, a long tube with a camera at the end. It allows the doctor to see inside the airways and lungs, diagnose lung disease, take samples for biopsy and administer treatments.

In most cases a flexible bronchoscope is used, rather than a rigid one. Depending on the procedure the patient is sedated or under general anesthesia. The bronchoscope is then inserted into the mouth or nose and gently guided down the trachea into the airways and lungs.

At Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung we also offer superDimension electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy, which uses GPS technology to accurately reach and pinpoint areas within the airways and lungs for biopsy and treatment.