|Covidien’s Technology Platform to Diagnose Early Lung Cancer Part of New Guidelines of American College of Chest Physicians|
Minimally invasive procedure aids early detection and diagnosis of lung cancer, potentially increasing long-term survival rates significantly
Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the U.S., causing more deaths among men and women than any other type of cancer.¹ In its early stages, lung cancer presents few, if any, symptoms. As a result, the vast majority of lung cancer patients are diagnosed in the late stages, when there is minimal chance for a cure. With early detection, however, an estimated 85 percent of lung cancer cases can be diagnosed in the earliest, more curable stage.² Early detection and immediate treatment can dramatically increase the typical long-term survival rate from 15 percent at 5 years¹ to 88 percent at 10 years.²
“Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy has over eight years of
clinical use in the United States,” said
Through proprietary software and electromagnetic technology, the superDimension ENB system uses the natural airway access of the lungs to safely locate and more easily obtain a tissue sample of a lesion, even in the areas of the lung that are difficult to reach and where two-thirds of all lung lesions cannot be accessed by a traditional bronchoscope.³ Moreover, by enabling physicians to perform a tissue biopsy without a scalpel and a needle aspiration through the chest wall, the ENB system minimizes morbidity associated with more invasive procedures.
“Cancer patients, in general, benefit from diagnosis of their condition
at the earliest possible stage, which may lead to earlier treatments
and, potentially, more favorable outcomes,” said
“Covidien is committed to developing innovative medical technologies that improve the patient’s quality of life, while reducing the overall cost of healthcare,” Hanson added. “Covidien’s superDimension technology is a great example of this commitment.”
More than 40,000 patients have undergone a superDimension ENB procedure at over 500 leading medical facilities worldwide. The procedure is most commonly performed by a specialty physician, such as a pulmonologist or thoracic surgeon, and is completed in 30-60 minutes.
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