Detecting Small Lung Lesions

Phelps Memorial Hospital Center part of Northwell Health has acquired and is using the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System® developed by Veran Medical Technologies  located in St. Louis. The Veran System enables physicians to accurately access small lung lesions via multiple approaches which helps physicians detect lung cancer faster in patients.

In general, Veran’s SPiN Thoracic Navigation System is an electromagnetic navigation platform enabling physicians to biopsy Solitary Pulmonary Nodules (SPN) for the potential early diagnosis of lung cancer.

To begin, the physician takes the CT image of the patients’ airways and plans the route to the lesion using an inspiration CT scan. The software then creates a 3D roadmap of these airways. The data is transferred with the patient’s unique anatomy and the physician is able to take biopsies of the lesion.

Avraham Merav, MD, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Director of the Westchester Lung Nodule Center at Phelps reports, “The Veran electromagnetic navigation system is similar to a GPS. I am able to biopsy or identify small nodules using either the airway or by going through the skin to access lung lesions, regardless of size or location.”

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