Northwest Health Has New Technology to Help Detect Lung Cancer

Northwest Medical Center – Bentonville (NMCB) is now offering robotic-assisted, minimally invasive biopsies of the lung to help better detect lung cancer. With this new system, physicians can obtain tissue samples from deep within the lung while maintaining the stability and precision needed for biopsy.

Biopsy involves obtaining a tissue sample from the suspicious area and examining the cells under a microscope to determine if cancer or another disease is present.

“This new technology helps address a challenging aspect of lung biopsy by enabling us to obtain tissue samples from deep within the lung,” said Jason Bailey, MD, pulmonologist at Northwest Pulmonology – Bentonville. “The system features an ultra-thin, ultra-maneuverable catheter that allows navigation far into the peripheral lung and also stability enabling the precision we need for biopsies.”

“What I like about this technology is that it allows me to stay close to the patient during the procedure so I’m able to monitor their airways the entire time while getting live views of the lung on the system’s screen,” Bailey said.