Los Robles Hospital, as part of its comprehensive lung health program, now offers a spectrum of minimally invasive procedures that may aid with earlier diagnosis for patients with lung lesions, so those with cancer can get treated as soon as possible and patients with benign conditions can potentially avoid surgery.

The latest ACCP Lung Cancer Guidelines recognize EBUS-TBNA (endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration) as the best first test for lung cancer staging of the chest cavity, and radial EBUS as an adjunct imaging modality for sampling peripheral nodules. Using radial EBUS can confirm in real time, the ideal location for sampling nodules to help enhance the diagnostic results.

Often referred to as “GPS-guided bronchoscopy,” superDimension™ technology is designed to extend the reach of traditional bronchoscopy. These Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ procedures, also known as ENB™ procedures, which are performed with a device known as the superDimension™ navigation system, allow physicians to navigate and access difficult-to-reach areas of the lung from the inside. CT scan images create a roadmap of the thousands of tiny pathways inside the lungs. This allows physicians to guide tiny tools through the lung pathways so they can take tissue samples of the lesion and place markers for future treatment.

“Until the introduction of ENB™ and EBUS, physicians have relied on CT-guided biopsy or surgery to take tissue samples – both of which have inherent limitations or require a more invasive approach,” said Dr. Winnie Lee, thoracic surgeon. “The acquisition of both diagnostic technologies represent a significant advancement for aiding in the diagnosis of lung cancer and overcomes limitations of traditional diagnostic approaches.”

Even with today’s advances, many physicians still rely on traditional methods that can be limiting or assume greater risk to the patient. Traditional bronchoscopy is only effective in the upper portion of the lungs, while needle biopsies can cause a collapsed lung. Some patients even have to undergo traditional open surgery – which requires a large incision, broken ribs and a long recovery time – just to find out if the lesion was cancerous or not.

For questions or to learn more about our comprehensive lung program, please call: (805) 852-9100.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a licensed 362-bed acute care facility. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Los Robles Hospital has the only Level II Trauma Center in Eastern Ventura County and the only Emergency room in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties with the coveted EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) rating. In addition, it is the only hospital certified by both Counties as a STEMI-designated heart attack center for rapid heart attack response and is a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. With over 600 physicians on its medical staff, representing over 50 medical and dental specialties, Los Robles is proud to be the community’s most trusted resource for health and a regional destination for care.

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