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Diagnosis and Initial Treatment Steps Conducted in One Procedure

Dr. Maykol Postigo

Interventional Pulmonologist

University of Kansas Medical Center

Kansas City, KS

Patient Information: 73 y/o, F

Scan Protocol: Veran Inspiration/Expiration CT Scan Protocol

Nodule: RLL 16mm

Target Motion: 27mm

Biopsy Result: Adenocarcinoma

Instruments Used: Always-On Tip Tracked® Serrated Forceps, Brush, SPiN Flex®, 3.8 View Peripheral Catheter® and SPiN Access Catheter®

Conclusion: Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) with Calypso System


“Integrating the placement of the Calypso® Anchored Beacon® transponders with the SPiN Access Catheter® during the diagnostic procedure is extremely beneficial to the patient. We have the ability to accurately biopsy and place the transponders during the procedure while tracking respiration, in addition to having the ability to track respiration during the treatment process with the transponders.”

Patient History
This 73-year-old female was referred for a diagnostic tissue biopsy of a right lower lobe nodule that was noted on a recent PET scan. The patient was treated with radiation for squamous cell carcinoma within the left lung one year prior. A navigated bronchoscopy procedure utilizing the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System® was scheduled to determine the possibility of recurrence.

Dr. Postigo utilized the SPiN Planning® software to segment a target located in the right lower lobe. He segmented the target, which revealed that it was 16mm in size and moving 27mm between inspiration and expiration phases. Dr. Postigo also wanted to utilize the SPiN System® to place Calypso® Anchored Beacon® transponders during the procedure. He opted to utilize SPiN Drive® technology to aid with the measurement and accurate placement during the procedure.

Dr. Postigo started the procedure with EBUS. Once adequate samples were obtained, he transitioned to navigation. Dr. Positgo was able to successfully navigate to the target using a slim scope with tip-tracked forceps. Respiratory gating was pertinent at the time of biopsy since the nodule was a moving a distance greater than its size. Dr. Postigo then obtained additional samples utilizing the SPiN Flex® needle and tip-tracked brush. Once adequate samples were obtained, Dr. Postigo then placed one Calypso® Anchored Beacon® transponder strategically near the RLL target using the View Peripheral Catheter®. He then opted to strategically place two more Calypso® Anchored Beacon® transponders utilizing the SPiN Access Catheter®. Final pathology findings confirmed the right lower lobe nodule was adenocarcinoma. The patient will undergo SBRT with the Calypso® system.

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