What is traditional bronchoscopy?
Bronchoscopy is a procedure where the major air passages of the lungs are examined through a thin lighted tube called a bronchoscope. This allows a physician to evaluate the lungs and collect small tissue samples (biopsy) to diagnose lung disease and lung cancer.
What are the limitations of traditional bronchoscopy?
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, stage and prepare to treat distal lesions in one procedure.
What is Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™?
Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) extends the reach of the bronchoscope to regions deep within the lung enabling physicians to locate small lung lesions for diagnostic testing and potential treatment. The system uses natural airway access, and implements proprietary software and electromagnetic technology.
What are the benefits of ENB?
ENB is typically an outpatient procedure and minimizes the need for more invasive surgical procedures to access lung lesions in the distant regions of the lung. These invasive procedures may require an inpatient hospital stay or cause complications such as collapsed lung (pneumothorax). ENB also provides the ability to detect lung disease and lung cancer earlier, even before symptoms are evident, enhancing treatment options for patients.
What Happens During Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™?
A physician locates a lesion (spot) that is found deep in the lung on an X-Ray, a CT-Scan or PET-CT. The patient's CT is loaded into planning software that creates a 3D roadmap of the lungs. A bronchoscope is placed through the patient's mouth and into the airways of the lungs. Next, the i·Logic catheters are placed in the bronchoscope channel. The electromagnetic sensors in the i·Logic catheters will then guide the physician to the target lesion. Once at the target lesion, the locatable guide catheter is removed and the extended working channel catheter remains. Biopsy tools can now be placed through the extended working channel to collect tissue samples for testing and diagnosis. After the ENB procedure the patient will be observed until they are awake enough to return home.
Learn more: view animation of the ENB procedure