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SPiN Xtend® – 4cm Always-On Tip Tracked® Adjustable Needle

Dr. Lucas Pitts

Pulmonary Critical Care

University of Kansas Hospital

Kansas City, Kansas

Patient Information: 82 y/o, M

Scan Protocol: Veran Inspiration/Expiration CT Scan Protocol

Nodule: RUL 44mm

Instruments Used: Always-On Tip Tracked® Forceps & SPiN Xtend®

Biopsy Results: Squamous Cell Carcinoma, PDL-1 Positive

Conclusion: Radiation with Concurrent Chemotherapy


“The SPiN Xtend® allowed me to set a depth/trajectory and gave enough control to confidently penetrate the lesion without direct airway termination within the lesion.”

Patient History
The patient is an 82-year-old male, with a prior history of lung adenocarcinoma, status post left upper lobe lobectomy 20 years ago. As part of ongoing surveillance, a RUL nodule was seen on CT chest two months prior to the Veran procedure. Two months prior to the Veran procedure, the patient underwent a PET CT which showed the RUL mass to be avid. Initial biopsies were pursued in the community, and then referred to our center once initial biopsies were non-diagnostic.

Using the SPiN Planning® software, Dr. Pitts segmented a 44mm target located in the anterior segment of the RUL.

Dr. Pitts began the procedure with Linear EBUS and obtained samples from lymph nodes 7 and 11R. Rose called normal lymph cells. He then transitioned to the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System® to obtain endobronchial biopsies. Using an Always-On Tip Tracked® 21ga needle that has a 15mm deployment capability, Dr. Pitts was having trouble puncturing through the airway to access the mass. Due to the difficulty of puncturing the airway, he elected to use an Always-On Tip Tracked® SPiN Xtend® needle with a 40mm deployment capability to puncture through the airway and obtain FNA samples. ROSE called suspicious cells on the first pass. Additionally, three large samples were obtained with the SPiN Xtend® needle and Always-On Tip Tracked® biopsy forceps.

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