What is the superDimension Bronchoscopy procedure?
The superDimension system is an advanced imaging tool that combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system and uses the patient's natural airways to reach lesions in the deepest areas of the lungs. The physician steers a small navigation catheter deep into the lungs to the site of the lesion.
What happens during the superDimension Bronchoscopy procedure?
A smaller catheter is passed through the pathway that allows the physician to take a tiny sample of tissue for analysis (biopsy). This outpatient procedure revolutionizes the treatment of lung cancer patients, enabling diagnosis of lung cancer at a much earlier stage than conventional techniques, even before symptoms are present.
What are the benefits of the procedure?
The ability to diagnose, stage and prepare to treat lung lesions in a single procedure improves the efficiency of care and enhances safety by eliminating multiple surgical procedures. Additionally, it improves patient outcomes through early detection.
What happens after the procedure?
The superDimension Bronchoscopy procedure is an outpatient procedure with minimal risk involved. It is done in the hospital and takes anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours and is performed under anesthesia.