Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough Counties, Florida – (August 27, 2013) Medical Center of Trinity announced a major addition to its cancer treatment arsenal. and is now utilizing Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® (ENB) ™ to access and biopsy lesions deep in the lung. The superDimension® i-Logic™ System is a minimally invasive option for patients who have been identified as having a small or hard-to-reach lesion on their lung that is inaccessible through traditional bronchoscope. The ENB procedure combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses the patient’s natural airways to reach these particular masses.
ENB is typically an outpatient procedure and minimizes the need for more invasive surgical procedures to assess lesions in the distant regions of the lung, where more than two-thirds of all cancers are found. This new procedure minimizes the need for more conventional assessments, such as thorascopic or percutaneous needle biopsy, which may require an inpatient stay and can cause complications such as a collapsed lung.
This procedure may be used when an abnormal finding in a distant part of the lung has been found on an x-ray, CT scan or PET-CT scan that may be caused by infection, inflammation or cancer. Small lesions in the outer area of the lung are difficult to reach for diagnosis and treatment. “Traditional bronchoscopy frequently fails to reach the outer areas of the lungs often leading to more invasive surgical options for diagnosis,” says Dr. Nagesh Salian, pulmonologist. The Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy® will allow a physician to locate, test, diagnose, and potentially treat the one legion even in the outer areas of the lungs,” he added.
How does it work? After a lesion has been detected through CT, the patient’s scan is loaded into planning software that creates a 3D roadmap of the lungs. A bronchoscope is placed through the patient’s mouth and into the airways of the lungs. The ENB’s catheters are next placed in the channel of the bronchoscope. The electromagnetic sensors in the catheters guide the physician to the targeted lesion. Once there, the guide catheter is removed and the extended working channel catheter remains. Biopsy tools are then placed through the working catheter to obtain tissue samples for testing and diagnosis. Upon completion of the procedure, the patient goes to recovery and, in the vast majority of cases, discharged home.
“Bringing this technology to our community is a huge step forward,” said Lawrence Hochman, DO, FACRO (Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncologists), “This gives our patients access to diagnostic and treatment options on par with university centers.
“We are proud to offer this technology to the community which further enhances our Accredited Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer,” said Leigh Massengill, CEO of Medical Center of Trinity. “News that a spot (lesion), deep in your lung, has been found and a lung biopsy needs to be performed raises many concerns and emotions. It is important to know that you may have options close to home.”
About Medical Center of Trinity
Medical Center of Trinity is a 236 bed, state-of-the-art, all-private room hospital strategically located in the tri-county area of Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties. The facility is located at 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, FL 34655, near the intersection of State Road (SR) 54 and Little Road. Medical Center of Trinity clinical and acute-care programs include:
Medical Center of Trinity is an Advanced Certified Primary Stroke Center and is recognized among the nation’s top performers on four key quality measures – heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care by The Joint Commission— the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Cancer Care program is an Accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
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