South Jersey hospital uses new robotic technology to detect lung cancer

Physicians will be able to sample small, previously unreachable, nodules

A South Jersey hospital is just the second in the state to use a new robotic technology that enables early detection of tiny, hard-to-reach growths in the lungs and to perform biopsies on them to determine whether lung cancer is present. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide and the new robotics could save lives.

Without this technology, pulmonologist Dr. Syed Riaz of Virtua Marlton Hospital explains, it was almost impossible to take a biopsy of certain nodules — the target was in sight but could not be reached.

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