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Mary Lanning robot used to catch lung disease

The Monarch robot uses a small camera to examine the inside of a patient's lungs.
The Monarch robot uses a small camera to examine the inside of a patient's lungs.(Mary Lanning Healthcare)
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 3:46 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Doctors at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings are using a new robot which they believe will help them catch early stage lung diseases, including cancer.

In a press release, the hospital noted that more than 90 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer do not survive the disease, in part because it is often found at an advanced stage.

Mary Lanning pulmonology director Sheri Trindle said, “Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, in part because it has no symptoms.” The so-called Monarch robot, Trindle said, “...holds potential to help us to make a diagnosis earlier.”

The robot is used to view the inside of the lungs and obtain tissue samples for biopsy and enables doctors to obtain an earlier, more accurate diagnosis of small, hard-to-reach lung nodules.

Pulmonologist Dr. Matthew Stritt said, “The robot allows for advanced maneuverability and can reach areas of the lung that were previously unattainable.”

The hospital said the Monarch platform, manufactured by Auris Health, is the first of its kind in Nebraska.

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