superDimension™ Navigation System
Effective & Accurate Lung Biopsies in Baxter County
Doctors take tissue samples, also known as a biopsy, to accurately diagnose
the patient’s medical condition. It is important to discover complications
and indicators on your lungs early on, before they have the chance to
spread and proliferate. Extensive research shows that the majority of
small spots discovered on patients’ lungs end up not being cancerous
and instead could be an infection or leftover scar tissue from an earlier
How Our Doctors Conduct Biopsies
Traditionally, medical professionals utilize a procedure known as a bronchoscopy
where a thick and flexible tube referred to as a bronchoscope is inserted
into the main air passages to examine and take a small tissue sample to
later analyze. However, traditional bronchoscopies limit the doctors in
that they are only able to view and reach areas near the main airways.
Fortunately, our doctors are able to utilize Medtronic's superDimension™
Navigation System, also called superD, to perform Electromagnetic Navigation
Bronchoscopy™ (ENB™) procedures. These procedures allow us
to gain access to the far reaches of our patients’ lungs, providing
us with more accurate diagnostic information and a clearer insight into
their medical condition. This highly advanced system greatly assists us
in determining early diagnoses and creating more effective treatment plans.
Safe & More Accurate Than Traditional Methods
Traditional bronchoscopies generally limit doctors’ access to only
the center areas of the lung. BRMC’s usage of the superDimension™
Navigation System and its accompanying LungGPS™ technology allows
our doctors to observe the outer areas of the lung as well, giving us
more accurate information than we might have had otherwise. This procedure
is widely considered to be a safe and effective way for diagnosing early
stages of cancer. Over 50,000 patients have successfully undergone an
ENB™ procedure at one of the most prominent global medical centers
using the superD. This procedure may make the patient’s medical
experience better by providing lower procedural problems than traditional
BRMC has been offering patients access to the superDimension™ Navigation
System since September, 2014. One of our best cardiovascular and thoracic
surgeons, Louis Elkins, M.D., is highly trained and qualified to use the
superD system and conduct diagnostic procedures.
To learn more about the superD system and our cutting-edge diagnostic procedures, visit
Accurate & Thorough Diagnoses in Baxter County
Each year that passes, more people die from lung cancer than of pancreatic,
prostate, colon and breast cancers combined. Baxter Regional Medical Center
utilizes a cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedure that helps patients
diagnose their lung lesions so those that have cancer can get treated
right away and those that don’t can avoid unnecessary surgery.
These are called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ procedures,
also referred to as ENB™ procedures. They are conducted on a state-of-the-art
device called the superDimension™ Navigation System, also called
the superD. This device utilizes advanced LungGPS™ technology that
enables doctors to navigate and observe hard-to-reach sections of patients’ lungs.
New, Improved & FDA Approved
“The superDimension navigation system, with GPS-like technology,
is a significant advancement for aiding in the diagnosis of lung cancer
and overcomes limitations of traditional diagnostic approaches including
bronchoscopy, needle biopsy and surgery,” said Louis Elkins, M.D.,
cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Baxter Regional Heart Clinic. “By
guiding us through the complicated web of pathways inside the lungs, we’re
able to access and sample target tissue throughout the entire lung without
surgery or a needle biopsy. This technology can aid with earlier diagnoses
which may allow for less invasive treatments for patients with lung cancer.”
Even when you take into account the incredible medical advancements of the 21st century, many doctors still utilize traditional medical methods that may
limit or assume increased risk to the patient. The traditional way to
perform bronchoscopies only works effectively in the upper areas of the
lungs and needle biopsies can lead to a collapsed lung. Some patients
are even forced to undergo traditional surgery just to determine if the
lesion was indicative of cancer or not. This traditional surgery can require
a large and visible incision, a long recovery period, and multiple broken ribs.
Map Out Your Lungs
Using the superDimension™ system, our doctors will be able to create
a visual roadmap of your lung thanks to the CT scan images. The LungGPS™
technology effectively creates a picture of your thousands of small pathways
inside your lungs. Using the mapped out picture, our doctors are able
to guide tiny instruments through the lung’s pathways so we can
collect tissue samples of the lesion and place markers for treatment in
About Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men and women in the nation.
It passed breast cancer in 1987 to become the number one cause of death
in women, stated the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Lung cancer is
estimated to be responsible for nearly 160,000 American deaths in 2015,
making up 27 percent of all cancer-related deaths.
Discovering the disease in its early stages drastically cuts down the fatality
rates. When lung cancer is discovered, diagnosed, and quickly treated,
patients’ survival rates jump up to 88 percent whereas late stage
cancer patients have just 15 percent. This falls even further, to one
percent, when lung cancer is diagnosed at stage 4 and has proliferated
to other sections of the patient’s anatomy.
Why would I need an Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ (ENB™)
You would most benefit from an ENB™ procedure if you have a lesion
on your lung that is hard to reach and observe with the traditional method
of bronchoscopy. An EMB™ procedure is minimally invasive and it
can provide our doctors with access to the most distant sections in your
lungs. This procedure can help our medical professionals diagnose early
stages of lung cancer and give us the opportunity to identify the stage
and characteristics of your cancer. This invaluable information will greatly
assist our doctors when they prescribe a treatment plan for you.
How is an ENB™ procedure different from traditional bronchoscopy
Traditional bronchoscopy procedures usually limit doctor’s access
to solely the center areas of the lung. By utilizing superDimension™
Navigation System and its advanced LungGPS™ technology, our experienced
doctors can traverse and observe the more remote regions of the lung.
This could provide us with a more accurate diagnosis, allowing us to prescribe
a more appropriate treatment plan.
How does LungGPS™ technology work?
This highly advanced technology works much in the same way as the Global
Positioning System in your car or phone. By utilizing your CT scan, the
superDimension™ system can create a visual picture of your lung
and its many intricacies. Your doctor is then guided by the superDimension™’s
map of your lung to direct instruments for observation. The doctor can
literally see inside your lungs and place instruments for place markers,
biopsy, and diagnosis.
What are the risks associated with an EMB™ procedure?
The most common risk in an EMB™ procedure is pneumothorax. This is
also called a collapsed lung and it may happen in two to three percent
of all patients.
How does this compare with other procedures?
Since EMB™ procedures only use natural airways for navigation, it
diminishes your risk of procedural complications to less than three percent.
The risk for procedural complications for something like pneumothorax
can reach as high as 40 percent for procedures like CTFNA, TTNA, and TTNB,
which are all needle-based biopsies.
Who performs the EMB™ procedure?
An EMB™ procedure is usually conducted by specialty physicians such
as a thoracic surgeon or pulmonologist. At Baxter Regional Medical Center,
Louis Elkins, M.D., is highly trained and qualified to use the superD
system and conduct ENB™ procedures.
Is it done in a hospital and how long does it take?
EMB™ procedures are usually performed in an operating room in a hospital
or an outpatient setting. Most patients are able to return and recover
in the comfort of their own homes the same day of the procedure. It generally
only takes half an hour to an hour to complete an EMB™ procedure.
How long does it take to receive results from a lung biopsy?
It varies. Some physicians will have a pathologist with them during the
EMB™ procedure so that they can provide you with the results immediately
after. Other physicians will have the samples tested at a lab and give
you the result afterwards.
What can I expect during an EMB™ procedure?
For an EMB™ procedure, the doctor will insert a bronchoscope through
the patient’s airways and into their lungs. A bronchoscope is a
flexible tube about as thick as a pencil. After the tube is correctly
positioned, the doctor inserts instruments through the tube for taking
tissues and observing the affected areas.
Do I have other options?
Yes, we offer a vast range of medical services at BRMC. Other viable options
include TTNA or operations involving surgery such as thoracoscopy, wedge
resection, and mediastinoscopy. All of these procedures have their own
respective, unique risks associated with them and you should discuss these
in-depth with your physician before choosing one.
How many people have had an EMB™ procedure?
Over 50,000 patients have undergone this type of procedure at one of the
world’s most prominent medical facilities that uses superDimension™
Navigation System made possible by LungGPS™ technology.