Sentara Regional Medical Center and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital have joined a few other hospitals in Virginia using a new GPS-style system to locate, test and mark spots on the lung. The electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy allows for more precision treatment, either via surgery or radiation therapy using the CyberKnife.
According to Sentara, "The i Logic system allows pulmonologists to put a catheter through a patient's nose and airway to reach some of the deepest tissue of the lungs. ... Within minutes, it's known whether the spot on the lung is cancer or not."
Previously, patients would have needed more procedures to learn of their condition and options including major surgery to remove a portion of the lung: bronchoscopy, which does not reach areas deep in the lung; needle biopsy; or watchful waiting.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun