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Lima Memorial Health System Introduces New Ion Bronchoscopy Procedure

Lima Memorial Health System Introduces New Ion Bronchoscopy Procedure

posted on: 8/2/2022 3:04:29 PM

Lima Memorial Health System has introduced a new minimally invasive procedure to the community for lung biopsy. The Ion endoluminal system is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that offers patients a more precise biopsy and a clearer pathway to lung cancer detection and treatment.

Ion represents an advancement in the existing approaches to lung biopsy by enabling physicians  to obtain tissue samples from deep within the lung, addressing a challenging aspect of lung biopsy. In general, when a definitive diagnosis is obtained through a biopsy procedure, patients may avoid additional biopsies.  

The Ion endoluminal system is a robotic-assisted bronchoscopy platform that utilizes an ultra-thin, ultra-maneuverable catheter-like tool to allow navigation into the far corners of the lungs, providing the reach, precision and flexibility necessary for more accurate biopsies. Ion is made by Intuitive, the pioneer in robotic-assisted surgery with da Vinci® systems.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths; however, when diagnosed in its earliest stage, the average 5-year survival rate is 92%. Early-stage diagnosis can be difficult, but Ion can help maintain samples for a potential diagnosis.

“Lima Memorial’s investment in the Ion endoluminal system, a robotic bronchoscopy system, demonstrates our commitment to providing patients access to quicker and more accurate diagnosis and treatment,” states Dr. Jason Stienecker, Pulmonologist with Lima Memorial Health System Pulmonary Services. “Having this innovative technology continues to keep Lima Memorial at the forefront of cancer care, and when patients are faced with the possibility of lung cancer, Lima Memorial Health System can provide the most advanced and guideline-based care in the Lima area.”

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