An innovative technology called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) can diagnose lung cancers earlier. This GPS-like technology navigates far into the lungs to sample suspicious lung lesions and lymph nodes without invasive surgery.
Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy technology helps doctors view and access lung lesions that were previously beyond reach. ENB is an outpatient procedure. The only recovery time needed is due to the anesthesia used during the procedure.
Using a patient’s CT scan, computer software creates a virtual 3D "road map" through the deep passages of the lungs.
Guided by this map, the doctor inserts a catheter-like tool through the patient's airway, which is visualized on a computer monitor as the tool travels through the complex divisions of the lungs.
Once it reaches the target tumor, the physician can harvest tissue for a biopsy, track changes in the tumor, or place a marker that will pinpoint the tumor's exact location for subsequent radiation treatments - all without the need for higher-risk procedures.