HCA Midwest Health - June 18, 2021
by Jose Quiroz

Lung cancer is the world’s leading cause of cancer deaths. Many suspicious lesions found in the lung may be small and difficult to access, which can make obtaining a diagnosis challenging.

Early lung cancer diagnosis can save lives. Using advanced, robotic-assisted, minimally invasive systems helps address a challenging aspect of lung biopsy by enabling physicians to obtain tissue samples from deep within the lung.

Centerpoint Medical Center is proud to be the first hospital in the Kansas City metro area offering a robotic-assisted platform for minimally invasive biopsy of the lungs. This state-of-the-art system features an ultra-thin, ultra-maneuverable catheter that allows navigation far into the peripheral lung, giving surgeons an unprecedented stability and enabling the precision needed for biopsy of lung nodules or other suspicious tissues.  

In combination with CT scans, this new technology uses advanced software to generate 3D airway trees mapping small and difficult-to-navigate airways to reach all 18 segments of a patient’s lung.

Darryl Nelson, MD, Chief Medical Officer explains, “This technology is a major leap forward in assisting our bronchoscopy team in collecting biopsies that were previously unable to be diagnosed at an early disease stage, in conjunction with our lab, we are able to return a diagnosis quicker than ever before.” 

Centerpoint Medical Center is now one of only 30 medical centers in the country, to be able to perform minimally invasive peripheral lung biopsy using robotic-assisted technology.