For Release: May 10, 2010
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014
Jim Gosky 330.344.6083
New Technology at Akron General Allows More Accurate Diagnosis and Innovative Treatment Strategies for Lung Cancers
Nodules or early cancers located in the center or periphery of the lungs are difficult to diagnose using conventional biopsy techniques. Akron General now has an advanced new bronchoscopic tool, the SuperDimension Electromagnetic Navigation System, which allows physicians to diagnose these lesions with great accuracy and offers the ability to provide new treatment options to patients with lung cancers. Akron General is the only health system in Summit County to offer this exciting new advance.
As part of the system, a computer creates a three-dimensional image of the patient's lungs from a detailed CT scan examination. A treatment plan is then constructed such that small airways leading to the lesion are mapped out in detail. Using electromagnetic technology and the preplanned roadmap, the physician can perform a bronchoscopy using a thin probe or sensor, which allows the physician to know the exact location of the end of the bronchoscope in real time. The physician navigates the bronchoscope to the area of interest and then instruments, such as biopsy forceps, are inserted through the probe. Precise localization of tiny nodules can be achieved with great accuracy yielding both benign and malignant diagnoses.
The abnormal area can be highlighted with dye so that a tiny nodule can be localized at the time of video-assisted thoracoscopic lung surgery, which results in smaller amounts of lung being resected potentially. This technique is particularly valuable in individuals with small cancers and impaired lung function to minimize post-operative pulmonary problems. For patients with small cancers where radiation is deemed more appropriate, fiducial markers can be placed around the lesion so that very focused radiation can be delivered precisely to the lesion to minimize irradiating the surrounding lung.
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of patients and the community. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio, and Rose Lane Health Center; and Akron General Development Foundation. For more information about about Akron General Health System, visit about Akron General.