The US based Medtronic is now making available the new GenCut core biopsy system that works with the firm’s superDimension lung navigation system. The device lets physicians take multiple core biopsy samples within hard to reach areas of the lungs. Medtronic promises that GenCut, a new blade design, can harvest larger intact samples than was previously possible. This should help pathologists more quickly and easily arrive at diagnoses and because only one pass is necessary, patients will benefit from fewer separate biopsies.
The device also helps to gather healthy tissue that can be used for genetic and molecular testing, comparing it to the tissue gathered from suspect lesions, all in one run.
The The LungGPS™ technology used in Covidien’s superDimension™ system is the first of its kind to enable Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™ procedures (also known as ENB™ procedures). ENB™ procedures provide a minimally invasive approach to accessing difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, which can aid in the diagnosis of lung disease and thereby lead to earlier, personalized treatment – potentially saving lives. Today, leaders in the healthcare industry recognize EMN as a recommended method of obtaining lung tissue biopsies from the peripheral regions.