Trumbull Regional Medical Center’s New GPS-Like Technology Helps Detect Lung Cancer
Doctors can access the nodules, allowing earlier detection of lung cancer
WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – New medical technology is available in the Valley to help detect early lung cancer.
Doctors look for results in real time, and this electromagnetic system, called the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System, helps them get them.
The airways are complex, so the machine plots a GPS map route to the lungs. Doctors will see purple if they are too far away and green if they are getting closer to the destination.
“The machine sets us up for a special type of mapping and we follow that route to take us directly to where we want to take a biopsy,” said Dr Manuel Bautista, medical director of intensive care at Trumbull Regional Medical Center.
They can access the nodules, which allows for earlier detection of lung cancer.
“Computed tomography of the lungs has been shown to reduce the number of lung cancer deaths in high-risk patients by 20% since they started doing it,” said oncology coordinator Luana Andamasaris.
The system is minimally invasive.
Trumbull Regional Medical Center offers lung cancer screening in Warren and Cortland.
A person aged 50 to 80 who has smoked for 20 pack-years but has no symptoms of lung cancer may be recommended for annual lung cancer screening.