SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow has announced the acquisition and first use of the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System to offer patients faster diagnoses for the detection of lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, killing more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 224,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.
The good news is that with early detection, the survival rate increases from 15 percent (stage IV) to as high as 92 percent (stage I).
The SPiN system is the only system in the world that allows physicians to accurately access small lung lesions via multiple approaches. This assists physicians in detecting lung cancer earlier, without the need for multiple hospital visits for diagnostic procedures.
“The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System is a technological breakthrough that allows me to access lung lesions, regardless of size or location,” said Dr. Avraham Merav, chief of thoracic surgery and director of the Westchester Lung Nodule Center at Phelps. “With the Veran electromagnetic navigation system, which is similar to a GPS, I am able to reach and biopsy, or mark for identification, small nodules using either the airway or by going through the skin. This system is another tool which we use to identify lung cancer at its earliest stage, significantly improving the chances of cure. Ultimately, this advance will help us save lives.”
To learn more, call 914-366-2333.