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New Lung Procedure to Diagnose Lesions of the Lung

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RENO, Nev. – Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 – Saint Mary's Center for Cancer now offers a new procedure called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) powered by the superDimension System which offers patients a minimally-invasive option to locate, enable biopsy and plan treatment for a lesion detected deep in the lung. This new technology enhances the comprehensive care provided at Saint Mary's Lung Center of Excellence by offering the most advanced treatment options available to patients. With physician specialists from pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation therapy and thoracic surgery as well as low-dose computed tomography (CT) screenings and endobronchial ultrasound, Saint Mary's Lung Center of Excellence has developed a complete approach to prevent, screen for, diagnose and treat lung cancer.

"We are pleased Saint Mary's has invested in the latest technology so we can offer an alternative for patients who have a lesion on their lung that is hard to reach or cannot tolerate a more invasive procedure," said Faisal Ahmad, M.D., pulmonologist at Mountain Medical Pulmonary Center and physician partner of Saint Mary's Lung Center of Excellence. "This is an innovative procedure that will benefit many patients in the community."

Lung cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer in both men and women and accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths. Saint Mary's Center for Cancer is one of the first in Nevada to provide the superDimension System as an option for patients who have learned they have a hard-to-reach lesion on their lung. Two-thirds of all lung lesions are outside the reach of a bronchoscope, so 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 lesion 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.

"Most patients diagnosed with lung cancer are not surgical candidates," said John H. Ganser, M.D., F.A.C.S., bariatric medical director at Western Bariatric Institute and physician partner of Saint Mary's Lung Center of Excellence. "The superDimension® System provides safe and efficient access to stage and prepare treatment of lung lesions in non-operable patients."

The ENB procedure takes less than an hour to complete and is typically performed in an outpatient setting. Its unique approach may increase the chances that a patient will safely get a diagnosis and begin treatment, if needed.

For more information about Saint Mary's diagnostic tools for lung cancer, call 775-770-3806 or visit


Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care and general medical/surgical hospital providing quality patient care since 1908. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology Program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group with six primary care offices, four urgent care facilities and two retail clinics and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit