Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy

Advanced technology puts lung lesions InReach™

Traditional bronchoscopy methods reach only the central portion of the lungs. With the superDimension InReach™ System, the outer two-thirds are accessible. Lesions or nodules in the outer reaches of the lungs can be identified and, in some cases, treated with electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy.

The physicians at Thoracic Surgical Specialists were the first in Kentucky to use this advanced technology, which allows surgeons to reach deep into the airways to locate lung cancer or pre-cancerous lesions without any incisions or surgery.

Nearly the entire lung can be reached for biopsy or to place markers for later radiation therapy, allowing for an expedited diagnosis and treatment. The procedure also provides a more accurate diagnosis with less risk of complications.

The system combines sophisticated technologies, including electromagnetic positioning system navigation (similar to GPS technology for cars), three-dimensional CT scanning (which shows the patient’s lung in fine detail), a sensor-equipped steerable catheter that permits 360-degree travel through the lung’s complex bronchial tree, computer software and other specialized equipment.

This advanced bronchoscopy procedure is performed through a bronchoscope inserted in the mouth or nose and down the windpipe – there are no surgical incisions.

The procedure is suited to all patients, especially those with poor lung function from conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema, and for patients who have very small peripheral lung nodules or lesions.