Advanced Lung Diagnostics

Veran SPiN Navigation System

OU Medical Center Edmond is proud to be the only hospital in the state to offer the Veran SpiN Navigation System for early stage lung cancer diagnosis. The SPiN Thoracic Navigation 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 and without the need for multiple hospital visits for diagnostic procedures. 

Early detection is key to eliminating potential life threatening lung health problems, including cancer. Using a low-dose CT scan, physicians will provide you with the first step towards an early diagnosis. Finding lung cancer in the early stages increases the chance of survival from 15% to as high as 92%.

Many times patients decide to take action once they are symptomatic. However, lung cancer symptoms typically present themselves in the late stages. Early detection of a suspicious nodule allows a physician to biopsy and treat the cancer sooner. If your low-dose CT scan is positive for a suspicious nodule, the next step may be to perform a biopsy to diagnose the nodule. If cancer is present, your physician will design a treatment plan specific to you.

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

OU Medical Center Edmond’s Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) system assists people suffering from lung disorders and can cut the time from diagnosis to treatment by several weeks and provides a higher degree of accuracy. The EBUS allows pulmonologists to view the surface of the airways, lymph nodes, and blood vessels of the lungs in real time.

The ultrasound real time component of the procedure is critical in assisting the physician in needle aspiration biopsies as it pinpoints the area in need of testing. Traditional bronchoscopes do not have this advantage and therefore cannot offer the same degree of accuracy. Therefore, many patients suffering from lung disease are subjected to invasive surgery with long recovery periods in order to be diagnosed.

“EBUS is a technological advancement that has expanded the reach of standard bronchoscopy beyond the bronchus and may reduce the need for surgical staging and continues to have and expanding role in other therapies and conditions,” says Dr. Shane Hull, pulmonologist with OU Medical Center Edmond.

With the EBUS, the patient is put under general sedation for their comfort. Then, a pulmonologist inserts the device into the lungs through the trachea and takes small samples of tissue or fluid from the lungs and surrounding lymph nodes. These samples can be tested in the operating room for diagnosing and staging lung cancer, detecting infections and inflammatory diseases such as sarcoidosis and lymphoma. After a short recovery time, the majority of patients are discharged from the hospital the same day and do not require a lengthy hospital stay.

If the patient is diagnosed with cancer or other lung disease, treatment can begin right away. Since the EBUS does not require invasive surgery, recovery time is greatly reduced, therefore enabling aggressive treatment to begin up to a month sooner than traditionally prescribed.