SMH Introduces Monarch Platform for Early Cancer Detection

Healthcare

SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY DEC 21, 2018

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, partly because potentially malignant nodules can be difficult and dangerous to detect and diagnose in the farthest reaches of the lungs. A new robot that arrived at Sarasota Memorial this week aims to change that. The robot is part of Auris Health’s Monarch Platform—recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The system includes a flexible robotic endoscope that doctors use to navigate and search the delicate, distant branches of the lung and obtain tissue samples from hard-to-reach nodules for biopsy. Sarasota Memorial is among just 10 hospitals in the United States slated to deploy the system in 2019 in an effort to diagnose lung cancer at earlier, more treatable stages. 

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