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Singing River Health System to hold ribbon cutting for robotic-assisted surgical platform

Ion assisted bronchoscopy
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Singing River Health System will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the hospital group being the first on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to to introduce the Intuitive Ion robot for procedures to look directly at the airways in the lungs.

The Ion endoluminal system is a robotic-assisted platform designed for minimally invasive biopsy procedures within the lung which assists in making minimally invasive pulmonary care possible.

To celebrate Singing River’s acquiring of the platform, the public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting celebration at Ocean Springs Hospital on Monday, May 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. Dr. Babar, a renowned pulmonologist with the hospital group, will discuss the biopsy and treatment options for lung nodules using the Ion robot. Attendees will also have the opportunity to witness a live robot demonstration.

“We are proud to set a new standard of healthcare innovation along the Mississippi Gulf Coast by investing in technologies that redefine patient care and improve cancer treatment outcomes,” Babar said. “The implementation of the Intuitive Ion robot for bronchoscopy procedures reaffirms our commitment to providing world-class cancer care to our patients.”

The Intuitive Ion robot equips physicians with the advanced tools to navigate bronchoscopy procedures with advanced precision and control. A primary goal in designing Ion was to help shorten the patient journey by making it possible to reach and biopsy difficult-to-reach nodules in the peripheral lung, where more than 70% of the cancerous nodules may be located. This results in safer and more effective treatment options for patients, including biopsy, lesion localization, and therapeutic interventions.

In addition to enhancing procedural precision, the Ion robot offers an ergonomic design and an intuitive interface that optimizes efficiency while minimizing patient discomfort. Its advanced imaging capabilities provide clinicians with specific insights while enabling more accurate diagnoses and personalized treatment plans. Meta-analysis results indicate the likelihood of a diagnosis being reached is 83% more likely with the Ion robot.

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