FirstHealth of the Carolinas is the first-in-the-world Ion Robotic Bronchoscopy mentor site. Led by Michael Pritchett, D.O., MPH, pulmonary specialist at Pinehurst Medical Clinic and director of the Chest Center of the Carolinas at FirstHeath, he conducted the first procedure with the robotic system.
A First Clinical Study
In April, the Laurinburg Exchange reports that FirstHealth became the first health care system in America to participate in a clinical study with Intuitive Surgical’s Ion Endoluminal System. Dr. Pritchett performed this first procedure with the robotic system as part of a multi-center study. Other sites participating in the trial included Massachusetts General, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Mayo Clinic, and Henry Ford Health System.
From Trial to Trainer
Now that FirstHealth has successfully completed the study, Dr. Pritchett will now set up a training operative, training physicians from all over the world using the latest technology.
What is Intuitive Surgical’s Product?
A robotic-assisted, catheter-based technology, it is designed to access hard-to-reach areas of the body through natural openings, such as the mouth. When applied in the lungs, its aim is to enable early lung cancer diagnosis by accessing and sampling tissue from small nodules in difficult-to-reach areas.
Dr. Pritchett reports, “We are excited to be selected as the first In the world mentor site for this groundbreaking technology.” He continued “Intuitive’s Ion Endoluminal Robotic Bronchoscopy Platform offers advantages compared to conventional navigation bronchoscopy that we have been doing for many years. The ability to see much deeper into the lungs and have precise control over movements of the catheter could be a game changer in terms of accessing smaller nodules located in the outer portions of the lungs. I am honored to be given the opportunity to work with physicians from around the world to further expand the use of this technology.”
Intuitive Ion Endoluminal Robotic Bronchoscopy Platform
The Intuitive Ion Endoluminal Robotic Bronchoscopy Platform is showcased in the link to the website—including a video.
Michael Pritchett, D.O., MPH, pulmonary specialist at Pinehurst Medical Clinic and director of the Chest Center of the Carolinas at FirstHeath
Call to Action: Interested in Intuitive Surgical’s Ion Endoluminal Robotic Bronchoscopy Platform? Let us know through the TrialSite Network Concierge Service, and we can help you with an introduction to the company.Source: The Laurinburg Exchange