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Spectrum Health completes 200th procedure to diagnose difficult lung conditions

Posted at 10:31 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 22:31:52-04

Physicians at Spectrum Health recently completed their 200th procedure using combined technology resulting in the diagnosis of 20 percent more early-stage lung cancers. This gives patients access to earlier treatment options with higher levels of accuracy. Joining FOX 17 Morning Mix via Zoom was Dr. Gustavo Cumbo-Nacheli, MD, FCCP, DAABIP, Direcotr, Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology.

Two years ago, Spectrum Health introduced Auris Health’s Monarch™ Platform in combination with Philips’ Cone Beam CT technology and augmented fluoroscopy to help diagnose lung disease with high precision.

By using these combined technologies, physicians can analyze a 360 degree and 3D image of a nodule’s size and characteristics to help provide the most accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Of the 200 patients to have undergone this procedure, doctors are seeing excellent outcomes with new treatment options that previously weren’t a possiblity, demonstrating how effective, accurate and safe it is.

Currently, there are a variety of diagnostic options available for lung conditions, but what sets this new platform apart is the ability to improve accuracy and safety, in addition to being less invasive. The robot allows a degree of precision that no other technology has, allowing access into the lungs that was previously not possible.

It’s also minimally invasive, meaning patients have less recovery time and patients coming from all over the state of Michigan to use this technology.

This is a game changer for how lung conditions are diagnosed and gives patients earlier treatment options.

Soon, Spectrum hopes to be able to have the ability to not only diagnose but treat these nodules all in the same procedure.

· Dr. Egan and Dr. Cumbo are now nationally recognized as leaders in this procedure and are lending our experience to other health systems across the nation.

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