Sanford doctors use robotic tool to help diagnose lung cancer earlier


SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – According to the CDC, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death. Over the past year, Sanford Health has used a “robot” to help diagnose patients with lung cancer.

Looks like Dr. Paul Berger is playing a video game, but it’s so much more than that.

“This is one of the ways we are revolutionizing lung health care, lung diagnosis and improving the overall condition of our patients in the region,” said Berger.

The Monarch platform is a tool that can help physicians diagnose lung disease earlier.

“This technology is ahead of what we were at least two years ago,” Berger said. “We can provide them with an early diagnosis of any disturbing results they may have from a CT scan or a chest x-ray so they don’t have to leave home, they can stay close to home. “

This Sanford monarch is the only one between Denver and Minneapolis.

Since getting the device in September 2020, they have been able to use it for around 140 patients.

“For anyone between the ages of 50 and 80, who has at least 20 packs of smoking history, is either currently a smoker or has smoked in the past 15 years, these are the people we are focusing on,” he said. he added. noted. “If you catch cancer early enough, you have a 90% chance of improved quality and longevity,” Berger said.

Dr Berger says every procedure is general anesthesia and the airways are protected so he can get to where he needs them in the lungs to safely perform a diagnostic procedure.


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