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St. John Providence Offers Advanced Lung Navigation System

St. John Providence Health System
Oncology (cancer)
Thursday, August 30, 2012


St. John Providence Offers Advanced Lung Navigation System

Contact: Brian Taylor, 586-753-0726.

St. John Providence Cancer Center of Excellence is now treating patients using Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy. This advanced and complex lung navigation system provides the ability to diagnose, stage, and prepare to treat lung lesions in a single procedure.

Similar to GPS-like navigation, ENB enables physicians to navigate catheters through the lung to biopsy lung lesions, stage lymph nodes, place radiosurgical markers for guiding sterotactic radiosurgery and radiation and guide high dose radiation catheters.

This technology improves diagnosis of lung lesions, which are both a common problem and can be challenging to manage. 65 percent of traditional bronchoscopy procedures fail to reach the outer regions of the lung for diagnosis, often leading to the use of more invasive diagnostic techniques. However, diagnosis with ENB has changed this and can ultimately improve survival rates for patients with lung lesions.

St. John Providence Health System is one of the largest providers of inpatient care in southeast Michigan. SJPHS provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and five hospitals spanning five counties.

For more information about Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy offered at Providence Hospital in Southfield, please call our Cancer Care Coordinators at 866-246-4673.