Minimally invasive procedure diagnoses hard-to-access tissue, prevents surgeries on benign nodules
Beachwood, Ohio – University Hospitals (UH) Ahuja Medical Center is offering a state-of-the-art bronchoscopy system, superDimension i-Logic TM, to diagnose lung nodules and facilitate the most effective course of action for treatment of lung diseases.
“Lung nodules are actually very common, but it is important to determine if they are benign or malignant,” says Akhil Bindra, MD, FCCP, pulmonary/critical care specialist and Chairman, Department of Medicine, UH Ahuja Medical Center. “Because of their inaccessibility, many lung nodules were challenging to biopsy prior to the development of this technology.”
The i-Logic Electromagnetic Navigation System® enables pulmonary specialists at UH Ahuja Medical Center to see a three-dimensional image of the lungs and to precisely target and sample nodules to determine if they are cancerous. “The technology is like a GPS for the lung,” says Dr. Bindra. “If a nodule is malignant, i-Logic also aids the surgeon, with the placement of geographical markers, to treat the malignancy while removing as little as possible of the healthy tissue.”
In addition, the system accurately determines if surgery is necessary at all. “Just as important as maximizing the effectiveness of surgery on malignant lung nodules for an optimum outcome, i-Logic’s diagnostic accuracy also helps us to avoid surgery because of its unparalleled ability to prove that a nodule is benign,” says Dr. Bindra. “This is especially critical for older patients who often have other medical issues that can make surgery even more problematic.”
For more information about the full array of pulmonology
care and diagnostic capabilities available close to home at UH Ahuja Medical
www.UHahuja.org. University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center offers a low-dose CT lung
cancer screening test for just $99 to qualifying patients with a history of
heavy smoking. For details and to learn if you qualify for the test, which is
available at UH Ahuja
Medical Center, call 216-593-5500.