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New Tech Helps Diagnose Lung Cancer Earlier

Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to perform a biopsy on lung tissue when cancer is suspected.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. For decades, lung biopsies required inserting a large, hollow needle through the skin of the chest wall into the lung. While it’s the gold standard, there is an increased risk for the lung to collapse.  

Now robotic-assisted bronchoscopy at Tri-City Medical Center can guide an ultra-thin, flexible catheter through the patient’s mouth and airway to the exact location of the smallest nodule anywhere in the lung. It’s a game changer, providing a less invasive way to diagnose and treat patients.  

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