New GPS Technology Allows Doctors to Navigate Deep into the Lungs to Diagnose Lesions
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You've been told you have a spot on your lung. You have many questions but first you need a lung biopsy.
Bakersfield, CA - Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to surviving lung cancer. Bakersfield Heart Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in Kern County to offer electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB) using the Medtronic superDimension™ Navigation System. Brij Bhambi, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Bakersfield Heart Hospital affirmed, "By investing in the most advanced and complete lung navigation system and partnering with local pulmonologists to introduce this new technology, Bakersfield Heart Hospital is demonstrating our commitment to improving patient outcomes."
Navigation bronchoscopy with the LungGPS™ technology offers a state-of-the-art technique to navigate and biopsy lung masses and nodules for early diagnosis. It's like driving a luxury car to your predetermined destination. It uses GPS-like technology to create a three-dimensional virtual roadmap of the lungs. This map helps physicians guide a set of catheters through the patient's airways to reach lesions in the deepest areas of the lungs. A smaller instrument is then passed through the catheter that allows the physician to take a tiny sample of tissue for analysis (biopsy). This outpatient procedure revolutionizes the management of lung cancer patients, enabling diagnosis of lung cancer at a much earlier stage than conventional techniques, even before symptoms are present, increasing the chance of curing the lung cancer. At Bakersfield Heart Hospital, ENB's using the superDimension™ system is performed by Pulmonologists, Drs. Rajan Goyal, Syed Alam and Muhammad Ashraf-Alim.
Dr. Alam stated, "This technology more than doubles the number of malignant lesions we can detect as compared to conventional bronchoscopy and it improves patient outcomes through early detection." Dr. Goyal added, "The ability to diagnose lung cancer at an early stage improves the efficiency of care while minimizing complication risk such as pneumothorax (air leak from lungs.) It also enhances safety by eliminating multiple surgical procedures." Dr. Ashraf-Alim noted, "Early diagnosis and accurate staging is the key to survival against the fight for lung cancer. Bringing the cutting edge technology of Navigational Bronchoscopy to Bakersfield, Heart Hospital has changed the game in the patient's favor."
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