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Minimally Invasive Biopsy Technology

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Thoracic surgeons at The Valley Hospital Lung Cancer Center now offer a new minimally invasive procedure for the detection and diagnosis of early-stage lung cancer. The superDimension® lung navigation system enables surgeons to reach previously inaccessible lesions deep in the lungs without the need for high-risk invasive procedures.

"Lung cancer can be difficult to treat because it is often not detected until it has reached an advanced stage," says Robert J. Korst, M.D., Medical Director of the Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center and Director of Thoracic Surgery at Valley. "The superDimension procedure provides us with an additional tool to diagnose lung cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful."

The superDimension® electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy procedure uses GPS-like technology to enable surgeons to steer a small catheter through the mouth, down the trachea and into the deepest are areas of the lungs. Replacing the need for high-risk invasive procedures, such as chest needle biopsies and open surgeries, superDimension revolutionizes the treatment of lung cancer, enabling earlier lung cancer diagnosis, which increases the chance of survival. It also eliminated the need for the lengthy (and stressful) watchful waiting approach traditionally taken after finding a small spot deep in the lung on a thoracic CAT (CT) scan.

This is a significant advance in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. It is particularly significant for patients who have a lung lesion that is hard to reach, or who cannot tolerate a more invasive procedure.

For more information about the superDimension technology or the programs and services available at The Valley Hospital Lung Cancer Center, please call 201-634-5722 or send an email to

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