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Botsford Hospital Adds New Technology to Diagnose Lung Disease

Farmington Hills, Mich. (September 17, 2009)---Botsford Hospital is one of only five Michigan hospitals and the only hospital in Oakland County to offer a new outpatient procedure that helps explore deep inside the lungs without performing surgery. The procedure, performed by pulmonologist, Philip Kaplan, D.O., uses state-of-the-art equipment called inReach™ by superDimension that allows lung disease to be detected earlier, sometimes before symptoms are evident. 
 
The inReach System uses electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy to provide a minimally invasive pathway to lung lesions and lymph nodes located beyond the main bronchial tubes. The smaller diameter of the scope allows further reach into the smaller branches of the lungs allowing for earlier diagnosis of lung disease and cancer. 
 
Traditional bronchoscopy examines the main bronchial tubes; however, the thickness of a standard bronchoscope does not allow passage to the smaller branches of the lungs where lesions often develop. As a result, invasive surgical procedures may be needed. Invasive procedures can increase the risk for complications, especially in patients who suffer from poor lung function or advanced age. For these patients, doctors may take a wait-and-see approach, which can give the disease an opportunity to progress. 
 
How does it work? 
Dr. Kaplan says, “The system takes a CT scan of the patient’s chest and creates a virtual three-dimensional “road map” of the lungs. It is similar to Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. The road map is then merged with real-time images of the patient’s lungs during the procedure, guiding the physician to the exact location for a tissue sample.” 
 
Should lung cancer be diagnosed, the pulmonologist can place radiosurgical markers around the lesion using the inReach System. This helps the radiation oncologist develop a treatment plan when follow-up radiation therapy is required. 
 
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates that there were more than 161,000 deaths from lung cancer in 2008, accounting for about 29 percent of all cancer deaths.

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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