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 the future.

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.