September 22, 2020
Philips Launches Azurion Lung Edition 3D Imaging Platform
September 22, 2020—Royal Philips announced the introduction of their Azurion Lung Edition, a three-dimensional (3D) imaging and navigation platform to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.
According to Philips, the system is designed specifically for bronchoscopy procedures, which enables clinicians to perform both minimally invasive endobronchial biopsies and lesion ablation during the same procedure. Azurion Lung Edition combines CT-like 3D images using cone-beam CT with live x-ray guidance and advanced tools to support image-guided lung procedures.
“Lung cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, and we need innovative technology to fight back,” said Gustavo Cumbo-Nacheli, Director of Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the company’s announcement. “Without a cone-beam CT scan to confirm placement of the biopsy needle, repeat procedures are often necessary. And by combining cone-beam CT with other technologies, including robotics, we will be able to go beyond biopsy and treat the patient.”
Michael Pritchett, DO, added “One of the things that we’re particularly excited about is being able to diagnose patients, stage their cancer, and treat them, all in a single procedure. As a diagnostic bronchoscopist, it’s exciting and rewarding to be able not only to diagnose patients but to go on to treat them as well.” Dr. Pritchett is Director of the Chest Center of the Carolinas, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst Medical Clinic in Pinehurst, North Carolina.