Navigational bronchoscopy has been made available in Singapore, with medics at Tan Tock Seng Hospital hopeful that it will help to reduce the country’s high rates of Lung Cancer.
Various reports released this year have shown that Lung Cancer is the most fatal Cancer in the country, with 1500 Singaporeans diagnosed with the condition each year. Some 85% of these cases are at the advanced third and fourth stages by the time they are discovered, greatly reducing a patient’s chances of beating the disease.
Navigational bronchoscopy uses the latest in Virtual Reality and GPS technology, to create a three-dimensional map of roots that a surgeon can take when they are targeting suspected Cancerous cells.
During the procedure an on-screen map is displayed, allowing medics to clearly see how far they are from the target area. Once it has been located then tissue samples can be taken, using either biopsy forceps or a triple-needle brush.
Speaking about the benefits Dr Akash Verma, senior respiratory consultant at Tan Tock Seng, said: “The map makes the procedure safer and more precise. If a white spot is indeed cancerous, we dye the lung so that surgeons can open it up later and know exactly where to work on.
Singapore has always been a popular location with medics looking to further their careers, and so competition for jobs remains fierce.
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