Navigational bronchoscopy is a new cutting-edge technology that uses existing CT images to create a 3D road map for specialists to navigate and approach lung lesions that need to be biopsied without a single cut to the patient. This is the ultimate minimally invasive approach to lung biopsy, as the physician traverses only normal airways to reach the site. When combined with EBUS (Endobronchial Ultrasound), in the same procedure, patients can get a diagnosis and local staging that in the past may have required thoracic surgery. Navigational bronchoscopy can also be used to localize lesions for purposes of resection and radiation with better accuracy.
Dr. Kimtuyen Nguyen currently performs the Navigational bronchoscopy procedure at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton.