superD at Baxter Regional Medical Center
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.