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PinnnacleHealth First to Offer New Navigational Bronchoscopy Enhancing Lung Cancer Detection

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3/12/2012
HARRISBURG, PA – PinnacleHealth is the first in Central PA to offer a new procedure called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB). ENB offers patients a minimally-invasive option to locate, enable biopsy and plan treatment for a lesion (spot) detected deep in the lung.  Troy Moritz, DO, thoracic surgeon with PinnacleHealth, performed the first navigational bronchoscopy in January.
 
“We are pleased to offer a minimally-invasive alternative for patients who have a lesion on their lung that is hard to reach or cannot tolerate a more invasive procedure,” said Dr. Moritz. “This is an option that will help many patients.”
 
PinnacleHealth is the only hospital in the area to provide the superDimension® i·Logic™ System as an option for patients who have learned they have a hard-to-reach lesion on their lung.  The ENB procedure combines GPS-like technology with a catheter-based system that uses the patient’s natural airways to access lesions that were previously hard to reach. Typically a patient with a spot on their lung had the options of major surgery to remove a section of the lung, bronchoscopy (which does not reach lesions deep in the lung), needle biopsy, or watchful waiting.
 
The ENB procedure is usually performed in an outpatient setting and its unique approach may increase the chances that a patient will safely get a diagnosis and begin treatment, if needed. 
 
PinnacleHealth also offers a low-dose screening CT scan to identify nodules or other findings suggestive of lung cancer which can then be managed in the Pulmonary Nodule Clinic.

There is clear evidence that screening people at high risk for lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan leads to 20% fewer deaths from this disease.

”The addition of navigational bronchoscopy to our services further enhances our efforts to screen, diagnose and treat lung cancer in it’s earliest stages, offering a better chance for recovery,” states Dr. Moritz.
 
EDITOR’S NOTE:
To interview Dr. Troy Moritz, please contact Kelly McCall at 231-8104 or 576-2520 (cell).
                                                              
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PinnacleHealth is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to providing and improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, Cumberland, Harrisburg and Polyclinic) and medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology, at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at www.pinnaclehealth.org