Ion Robotic Bronchoscopy in New Albany, IN
Diagnosing Lung Cancer with Robot-assisted Technology
At Baptist Health Floyd, robotic-assisted bronchoscopy is used for lung cancer diagnosis, improved precision, and reduced risk of lung collapse.
Diagnosing Lung Cancer with Robot-assisted Technology in New Albany, IN, HealthTalks Transcript:
Nabeel H. Gul, MD:
Lung cancer is one of the leading cause of cancer-related death through the United States. Unfortunately, in Southern Indiana and Kentucky, we have one of the highest lung cancer-related death in the region.
Any patient who has a spot on the lung that looks suspicious and concerning for cancer, when I see them in clinic and look at their CAT scan and if I feel they need to be biopsied, I schedule them for ION robotic bronchoscopy. And with a catheter that's almost a 10th of an inch, I can navigate through the patient's windpipe any location in the lung and sample those concerning lesions.
So, the unique thing about ION robotic bronchoscopy is the stable platform that the robot provides and its ability to reach to the outer third of the lung, which was very difficult to biopsy with the conventional bronchoscopy techniques. So, there's much less risk of collapse of the lung and with better precision and stability, we can improve the diagnostic yield.
At Baptist Health, we take pride in providing the center of care and advanced technology to our patient population. Bringing ION bronchoscopy to the community shows our commitment towards diagnosing lung cancer early on, detected early on, can be treated, and can have potential cure.