What You Should Know:
– Philips paves the way for faster lung cancer diagnosis and treatment with advanced 3D imaging and navigation platform with the launch of Azurion Lung Edition.
– By speeding diagnosis and treatment, Azurion Lung Edition is helping to transform lung cancer care, contributing to dramatically improved outcomes and reduced costs.
Royal Philips, today announced the launch of Azurion Lung Edition, an advanced 3D imaging and navigation platform to accelerate the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. The suite combines CT-like 3D images acquired at the tableside (Cone Beam CT) with live X-ray guidance and advanced tools to support image-guided lung procedures. The system is designed specifically for bronchoscopy procedures, enabling clinicians to perform both minimally invasive endobronchial biopsies and lesion ablation during the same procedure. By speeding diagnosis and treatment, Azurion Lung Edition is helping to transform lung cancer care, contributing to dramatically improved outcomes and reduced costs.
Intuitive, integrated, and efficient, the Azurion platform optimizes clinical and operational lab performance and expands the role of image-guided interventions in the treatment of patients. The platform has achieved rapid global adoption and has been used in well over two million procedures worldwide.
Why It Matters
Each year 1.7 million people die worldwide of lung cancer, making it the leading cause of cancer deaths globally and accounting for more loss of life than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. Today, over 60% of patients are diagnosed at a late stage, with a small chance of a surgical cure. But thanks to a rise in the number of lung cancer screening programs and increasing patient awareness, a growing proportion of patients have small peripheral lesions that are operable.
In addition to early diagnosis, fast treatment is critical to ensure better outcomes and quality of life for lung cancer patients, with every week of delay resulting in a 5% increase in mortality. Today, most patients face a long journey to a definitive diagnosis and they often undergo a painful recovery after open surgery. Cone Beam CT is seen as the gold standard for clinicians to both diagnose and treat lung cancer in one room, and even during the same procedure.
“Image-guided minimally invasive procedures continue to expand into new treatment areas, enabled by sophisticated, procedure-oriented solutions like Azurion Lung Edition,” said Dr. Gupta. “With lung cancer increasingly being detected at an earlier stage, new minimally invasive treatment strategies like ablation have the potential to significantly improve outcomes for patients.”
Philips Azurion Lung Edition is available now in the U.S.