Deborah Heart and Lung Center pulmonologist Dr. Zeeshan Khan performed the hospital’s first robotic bronchoscopy for lung cancer detection on Nov. 17, the Browns Mill facility announced the same day.
Use of the Monarch Robotic Bronchoscopy system is a joint venture between the center’s cardiothoracic and pulmonary teams. The diagnostic tool can detect even the smallest of lesions in the lungs and in the furthest corners of the lobes, according to the center.
Dr. Joseph Costic, Deborah’s director of thoracic surgery, said when the team suspects a lesion in the lungs, “we need to go in and take a thorough look.”
“Regular bronchoscopy only goes so far into the lungs,” Costic explained in a statement. “This new robotic device can navigate into the smallest spaces in the farthest reaches of the lungs, and with its navigation light, it allows us to directly examine any masses we find.”
Costic added that the new procedure allows the team to take a biopsy at the same time, if needed, resulting in earlier diagnosis and, in turn, earlier treatment.
“And with lung cancer, the sooner we begin treatment, the better the outcome,” Khan said.
The new robotic bronchoscopy is one of many new innovations at Deborah, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In August, a 69-year-old patient became the first in the region to receive a new pacemaker-like device to treat central sleep apnea. And in July, the center was the first hospital in the state to implant the new Abbott Aveir VR leadless pacemaker system to treat abnormal heart rhythms.