North Memorial’s lung cancer program has added new state-of-the-art bronchoscopy technology that will allow pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons to more easily reach small lung lesions. The first procedure was performed by Mark Solfelt, MD, a thoracic surgeon at North Memorial.
The technology, known as electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB), transforms traditional bronchoscopy into a high-tech outpatient procedure. ENB uses GPS-like technology to navigate a unique set of catheters to a lesion deep in the lungs. The electromagnetic system guides and steers the unique catheters through complex airways beyond the reach of a traditional bronchoscope.