NYC Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB) Procedure
What is a bronchoscopy?
A bronchoscopy is a procedure that provides a doctor with a clear view from inside a patient’s airway using a thin, flexible device called a bronchoscope. The procedure renders images of the throat, larynx, trachea and lower airways for NYC Pulmonologist Dr. Marc Bowen to examine whether abnormalities are present, such as tumors, bleeding, and inflammation. In addition, a bronchoscopy may be used to obtain tissue biopsy samples for diagnosing lung disorders or diseases like lung cancer, infections, or fibrosis.
If you have a chronic cough, are exhibiting symptoms indicating the potential presence of an interstitial lung disease, or have received an abnormal X-ray finding (sometimes as a result of lung cancer screening), Dr. Bowen may recommend that you undergo a bronchoscopy procedure in order to accurately diagnose your condition.
At our NYC pulmonology practice, we are pleased to offer the latest state-of-the-art bronchoscopy technology, called the navigational bronchoscopy, which offers numerous advantages over a traditional bronchoscopy.
Dr. Marc Bowen is one of a few private practice pulmonologists in the New York metropolitan area to offer the navigational bronchoscopy procedure and has undergone extensive training and hospital-based certification in order to provide this cutting-edge procedure. Dr. Bowen is dedicated to treating your pulmonary issues, improving your quality of life, and swiftly getting you back to your active lifestyle. Contact us if you believe that you may require a navigational bronchoscopy.
What is a navigational bronchoscopy?
A navigational bronchoscopy, also known as an Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ or an ENB™ procedure, is a special type of bronchoscopy procedure that uses the latest electromagnetically guided technology to examine, diagnose and biopsy lung disorders and diseases.
The technology works similarly to a GPS system, allowing a doctor to create a roadmap of your lungs. Using navigational bronchoscopy, a doctor is able to access distant regions of the lungs and use this information to diagnose and biopsy even the smallest lung lesions that wouldn’t be able to be detected or accessed in a traditional bronchoscopy procedure.
The LungGPS™ technology then uses that roadmap to guide your physician to your lung lesion where he can place tools to biopsy, stage, and place markers to guide thoracic surgeons and radiation oncologists to the site of the cancer.
How does a navigational bronchoscopy work?
Dr. Bowen performs navigational bronchoscopy procedures in a hospital setting.
The procedure involves inserting a thin, flexible tube (a bronchoscope) through a patient’s airway and into the lungs. The bronchoscope is lighted at the end so that the doctor can closely inspect the airway and gather detailed images if any abnormalities are found. Once the tube is in place, specially designed tools can be inserted to take a tissue sample for testing.
A navigational bronchoscopy typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes to perform and most patients are able to go home the same day as the procedure.
What are the advantages of a navigational bronchoscopy?
- State-of-the-art electromagnetically guided system
- Can access distant regions of the lungs
- Can diagnose and biopsy even the smallest lesions or spots that aren’t detectable in traditional bronchoscopy procedures
- Enables a doctor to create a highly specialized treatment plan for a patient
- Can aid in earlier diagnosis of lung tumors
- Helps identify the specific stage and genetic characteristics of a tumor
- Reduces potential risk for pneumothorax (collapsed lung), as compared to traditional bronchoscopy
What can I expect after undergoing a navigational bronchoscopy?
After undergoing a navigational bronchoscopy, Dr. Bowen will be able to have any samples taken during the procedure sent out for testing. If the primary purpose of the procedure was to examine the airway and lungs for non-tumor-related abnormalities, Dr. Bowen is often able to make a diagnosis and explain the next steps for treatment on the same day as the procedure. In most cases, patients are able to go home the same day.
If you have received an abnormal X-ray finding or have undergone a lung cancer screening and been referred to a pulmonologist for further testing, please contact our office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bowen as soon as possible. Many patients are good candidates for a navigational bronchoscopy.