Southwest Florida Roundup
Sarasota Memorial Hospital uses robot to find lung cancer nodules
The Depths of the Lungs
Among the challenges in diagnosing and treating lung cancer is the difficulty of detecting malignant nodules in hard-to-reach areas within the lung.
Doctors at Sarasota Memorial Hospital have begun using a robot that they hope will make it easier to find those cancerous areas. The equipment includes a flexible robotic endoscope that doctors can use to navigate and search the narrow and distant branches of the lung to obtain tissue samples for biopsy.
Sarasota Memorial is one of 10 hospitals nationwide with the robot, which is part of Auris Health’s Monarch Platform, a system that recently received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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