November 25, 2020
JACKSONVILLLE, FL – Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville unveiled its new robotic bronchoscope technology designed for patients with lung nodules. The new robot offers continuous, uninterrupted vision for physicians to see through the entire lung biopsy process. There are currently only 67 of these robotic systems in use in the US and only three others in Florida.
"Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, in part, because it is frequently diagnosed when the cancer is more advanced," said Albert Holt, IV, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer of Memorial Hospital. "This new technology has the potential to help us to make diagnosis of cancer is in its early stages through a safe biopsy procedure. This allows us to treat cancers in their early stages and achieve greater success in curing patients. We're excited to bring robotic-assisted bronchoscopy to Memorial Hospital as we believe it offers a more hopeful future for patients with lung cancer."
More than 90 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer do not survive the disease, because it is often found at an advanced stage. There are a variety of diagnostic options currently available for lung cancer, but all have limitations in accuracy, safety, or invasiveness.
Robotic-assisted bronchoscopy is a new technology that allows for earlier detection of lung cancer with greater accuracy. This minimally invasive procedure is safer than CT-guided lung biopsy and unlike a traditional bronchoscopy, the robotic platform gives the physician the ability to reach the entire lung safely and obtain tissue samples of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the periphery of the lung.
“We believe this new technology will be a game-changer in the fight against lung cancer,” said Dr. Holt.