Tampa, Fla. – (June 3, 2015) – Memorial Hospital of Tampa, an HCA affiliate, announces the use of a new electromagnetic bronchoscopy navigation system that aids physicians in the early detection of lung cancer. The minimally invasive option to surgery can help patients with small to detect and hard to reach lesions that traditional bronchoscopy technology could not effectively identify or reach.

“The system is a technological breakthrough that allows access to all peripheral lung lesions, regardless of size or location,” states pulmonologist Dragos Zanchi, M.D. “With technology similar to the GPS in a car, the system automatically creates a ‘route’ to the lesion, allowing physicians to biopsy lung nodules in remote locations in 2 ways: via an endoscopic procedure or via a needle biopsy, in the same session. Being able to diagnose and treat patients with lung lesions earlier leads to better patient outcomes and saves lives.”

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, claiming more American lives 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 annually. With early detection, the survival rate for lung cancer increases from 15% (stage IV) to as high as 92% (stage I).

“We are excited to be able to offer a more efficient and safer method of biopsy of lung nodules and masses with minimal discomfort to our patients,” said Ward Boston, CEO of Memorial Hospital. “This further demonstrates our passion for excellence and the delivery of high quality care within the community we serve.”

Medicare and most private insurance plans cover lung cancer screenings for high-risk individuals. To learn more, call 855-245-8329 to schedule an appointment with one of our lung specialists.

For more information regarding Memorial Hospital of Tampa’s Navigational Bronchoscopy services, please visit www.MemorialHospitalTampa.com or contact Cindy Cucuz, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at (813) 873-6455.