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.