Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announced a major addition to its cancer treatment arsenal. and is now utilizing Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy(R) (ENB) (tm) to access and biopsy lesions deep in the lung. The superDimension(R) i-Logic(tm) System is a minimally invasive option for patients who have been identified as having a small or hard-to-reach lesion on their lung that is inaccessible through traditional bronchoscope. The ENB procedure combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses the patient's natural airways to reach these particular masses.

ENB is typically an outpatient procedure and minimizes the need for more invasive surgical procedures to assess lesions in the distant regions of the lung, where more than two-thirds of all cancers are found. This new procedure minimizes the need for more conventional assessments, such as thorascopic or percutaneous needle biopsy, which may require an inpatient stay and can cause complications such as a collapsed lung.

This procedure may be used when an abnormal finding in a distant part of the lung has been found on an x-ray, CT scan or PET-CT scan that may be caused by infection, inflammation or cancer. Small lesions in the outer area of the lung are difficult to reach for diagnosis and treatment. "Traditional bronchoscopy frequently fails to reach the outer areas of the lungs often leading to more invasive surgical options for diagnosis," says Dr. Domenick Sorreso, pulmonologist. The 
Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy(R) will allow a physician to locate, test, diagnose, and potentially treat the one legion even in the outer areas of the lungs," he added.

How does it work? After a lesion has been detected through CT, the patient's scan 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. The ENB's catheters are next placed in the channel of the bronchoscope. The electromagnetic sensors in the catheters guide the physician to the targeted lesion. Once there, the guide catheter is removed and the extended working channel 
catheter remains. Biopsy tools are then placed through the working catheter to obtain tissue samples for testing and diagnosis. Upon completion of the procedure, the patient goes to recovery and, in the vast majority of cases, discharged home.

"Bringing this technology to our community continues our Mission to deliver advance treatment options for patients closer to home. We are truly more than a community hospital, we are a major Regional Medical Center. We are proud to offer this technology to the community which further enhances our Accredited Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer," said Shayne George, CEO of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. "News that a spot (lesion), deep in your lung, has been found and a lung biopsy needs to be performed raises many concerns and emotions. It is important to know that you may have options close to home."