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To deliver on Huntington Memorial Hospital’s commitment to become the most comprehensive pulmonary disease and lung cancer-treatment facility in our region, we partner with the most qualified, highly-trained physicians and invest in leading edge facilities and technology to improve patient experiences and outcomes.
A minimally invasive procedure to improve diagnosis for our patients with pulmonary disease
Huntington Hospital is proud to offer a new, minimally invasive procedure to help patients with pulmonary disease (including cancer of the lung) with our superDimension. This tool, often referred to by experts as “GPS-guided bronchoscopy,” is designed to extend the reach of traditional bronchoscopy – providing minimally invasive access to lesions deep in the lungs as well as mediastinal lymph nodes.
It uses a technique called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy, often called “ENB” that enables a trained practitioner to evaluate your lungs navigating through tiny airway passages. Until now, physicians have relied on needle biopsy or surgery to take tissue samples – both of which can cause complications.
This procedure, performed by a pulmonologist, thoracic surgeon or cardiothoracic surgeon, enables the physician to take tissue samples in regions of the lung that are not reachable with traditional bronchoscopy. Using this advanced technology enables our physicians to make early diagnoses of both benign and malignant lung lesions, enhancing treatment options and potentially avoiding the need for higher risk procedures at a later date.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Prior to the procedure, the patient’s chest CT-scan is loaded onto a computer creating a virtual “roadmap” of the lungs.
- During the procedure, a bronchoscope is placed through the patient’s mouth and into the airways of the lungs.
- Using a GPS-like technology, ENB guides the physician through the patient’s natural airways where the physician can deploy a small, flexible camera — along with tiny instruments that are used to collect tissue samples from the lung.
Specialized technology overlays the CT image on the patient’s actual body position and allows the bronchoscope to be guided and tracked in all three dimensions.