2017-07-14 / Health & Wellness

Procedures aid early lung-lesion diagnosis

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, as part of its comprehensive lung health program, offers a spectrum of minimally invasive procedures that may aid with earlier diagnosis for patients with lung lesions, so those with cancer can get treated as soon as possible and patients with benign conditions can potentially avoid surgery.

The latest ACCP lung cancer guidelines recognize EBUS-TBNA (endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration) as the best first test for lung cancer staging of the chest cavity, and radial EBUS as an adjunct imaging modality for sampling peripheral nodules.

Using radial EBUS can confirm the ideal location for sampling nodules to help enhance the diagnostic results.

Often referred to as GPS-guided bronchoscopy, superDimension technology extends the reach of traditional bronchoscopy.

These Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy procedures, also known as ENB, are performed with a device called the superDimension navigation system. This device allows physicians to navigate and access difficult-to-reach areas of the lung from the inside. CT scan images create a roadmap of the tiny pathways inside the lungs, allowing doctors to guide miniature tools through the lung pathways so they can take tissue samples of the lesion and place markers for future treatment.

Even with today’s advances, many physicians still rely on traditional methods that can be limiting or assume greater risk to the patient. Traditional bronchoscopy is only effective in the upper portion of the lungs, while needle biopsies can cause a collapsed lung.

Some patients undergo traditional open surgery— which requires a large incision, broken ribs and a long recovery time—just to find out if the lesion was cancerous or not.

For more information, call (805) 852-9100.

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