Cabell Huntington Hospital is the first in the Tri-State to offer a new procedure called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB), a minimally invasive option to locate, biopsy and plan treatment for a lesion detected deep in the lung. The SuperDimension inReach® System is an option for patients who have hard-to-reach lesions on their lungs. The ENB procedure combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses the patient's natural airways to access lesions that were previously hard to reach. Typically, patients with spots on their lungs had more limited treatment options, such as major surgery to remove a section of the lung, bronchoscopy (which does not reach lesions deep in the lung), needle biopsy or watchful waiting.
"We are pleased to offer a minimally-invasive alternative for patients who have lesions on their lungs that are hard to reach or cannot tolerate a more invasive procedure," said Dr. "This is an option that will help many patients."
ENB is typically performed in an outpatient setting, and its unique approach may increase the chances that a patient will safely get a diagnosis and begin treatment, if needed. For more information on the Comprehensive Lung Nodule Program at Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, please call 304-691-1689.