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News Release Date : 09/28/2012

Advanced Lung Navigation System : Navigational Bronchoscopy

The most complete and advanced lung navigation system is now available at St. Mary's of Michigan. The Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy system uses GPS-like technology to locate, biopsy and prepare to treat a lesion deep in the lung.

St. Mary's of Michigan is the first hospital north of Detroit to provide this technology as an option for patients who have learned they have a hard-to-reach lesion on their lung. Doctors Babu Paidipaty, pulmonologist and Rozales Sawanson, cardiothoracic surgeon, performed the first procedure mid-March. The procedure combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses the patient's natural airways to access the lesion.

When examining tissue masses or tumors inside the lungs, a standard flexible bronchoscope is typically used. However, many bronchoscopes cannot find or reach tumors located in the periphery of the lungs, where smaller bronchi are not wide enough to permit passage of a normal scope.

Before undergoing a navigational bronchoscopy procedure, a CT scan is performed to locate potential tumors in the lung. The CT scan is then loaded onto a computer and used to create a virtual, three-dimensional "roadmap" of the lung. A doctor marks where the target lesions are located on the virtual map and plans how to navigate through the lung to reach the lesions.

Navigational bronchoscopy may also be used in conjunction with external beam radiation therapy, such as TomoTherapy, to treat peripheral tumors with a precise form of radiation that delivers a high dose to the tumor while reducing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

"We are pleased to offer a minimally invasive alternative for patients," said Dr. Paidipaty. "This is an option that will help many patients."
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