What is lung GPS technology?

Just as your car’s GPS technology is able to guide your road trip, lung GPS technology guides your physician as he or she navigates your airways. Lung GPS is a specialized bronchoscope to investigate lung lesions or suspicious areas. Also called electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB), the technology used at Meadows Health is the Medtronic superDimension navigation system.

When is lung GPS recommended?

If a lung lesion (an abnormal spot or structure within your lungs) has been detected, your physicians may use lung GPS to determine the nature of the lesion. This technology lets your doctor evaluate your condition without a more invasive surgical procedure.

What is the procedure for a lung GPS?

The patient is positioned on an electromagnetic panel and placed under general anesthesia, meaning he or she is unaware as the procedure is being performed. The physician then inserts the superDimension bronchoscope through the patient’s nose or mouth and into the airways. The bronchoscope has a special sensor that provides the physician with a 3-dimensional “roadmap” to guide the bronchoscope to the lesion’s location. The device then provides visual information and can take a biopsy of the lesion.

What are the results of a lung GPS?

Lung GPS helps us diagnose lung cancer earlier, so that patients can begin treatment as soon as possible. If the system helps to identify a benign condition, some patients may be able to avoid surgery altogether.