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Published on December 31, 2012

Avera McKennan Adds ENB Procedure for Locating Hard-to-Reach Lung Lesions

SIOUX FALLS (Dec. 31, 2012) – Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls now offers electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB), a procedure that offers patients a minimally-invasive option to locate, enable biopsy and plan treatment for a lesion detected deep in the lung.

Avera McKennan offers this program using the latest technology – the superDimension® i·Logic™ System – as an option for patients who have learned they have a hard-to-reach lesion on their lung.

The ENB procedure goes hand-in-hand with a new lung cancer screening program through the Avera Cancer Institute, which offers CT scanning to patients who are identified as being at risk for lung cancer, in order to detect the disease in its earliest stages for the best possible outcomes.

Bronchoscopy is a procedure where the major air passages of the lungs are examined through a thin lighted tube called a bronchoscope. Yet traditional bronchoscopy cannot reach the distant regions of the lung, where more than two-thirds of all lung lesions are found. ENB uses GPS-like technology to navigate a unique set of catheters deep into the lungs. ENB guides and steers the catheters through complex airways, enabling physicians to diagnose. For most patients, ENB is an outpatient same-day procedure.

Previously, a patient with a spot deep in the lung typically had the options of major surgery to remove a section of the lung, needle biopsy, or watchful waiting.

“ENB is an important addition to the tools we use to diagnose early lung cancer. In the right patient, ENB can provide the diagnosis with the least amount of harm when compared to other modalities. ENB can also be used to guide radiation therapy and sometimes even assist the surgeon while performing resection surgery,” says Fady Jamous, MD

Learn more about the ENB procedure

Learn more about the Avera Cancer Institute’s Lung Screening Program