The superDimensionsystem uses LungGPS(TM) technology, the first of its kind to enable Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) procedures.

ENB procedures provide a minimally invasive approach to access difficult-to-reach areas of the lung, which can aid in the diagnosis of lung disease, can help patients avoid surgery for benign disease and other invasive procedures like transthoracic needle aspiration, and lead to earlier, personalized treatment – potentially saving lives.

The superDimension system has received CE Mark in Europe, 510(k) clearance in the US and has also been approved for use in numerous international markets.

"Early detection, diagnosis and intervention are crucial to the survival of people living with lung cancer," said Mag. Petra Lichtenberger, Assistant to Prof. Dr. Lamprecht at the Department of Pulmonology of Kepler University Clinic Linz, Austria, which enrolled the first ENB patient in Europe.

"Technology that allows medical professionals to view areas of the lung that could not be accessed before is a major advance that is changing the landscape of lung cancer diagnosis and helping save patient lives."

Up to 75 centers around the world will enroll patients in the single-arm, multi-center post-market observational study designed to evaluate the impact of ENB procedures on early diagnosis and treatment.

The NAVIGATE study will also determine the success rate of physicians using the technology to obtain biopsy samples from the surrounding lymph nodes. In addition, the study will assess the effectiveness of physicians’ placement of fiducial markers or dyes to guide subsequent procedures to treat or remove lung tumors.

More than 22 sites have been activated to enroll patients since the study first launched in the U.S. in April 2015. Healthcare professionals will follow patients for 24 months.

"The NAVIGATE study represents our commitment to delivering meaningful solutions that support the early detection and treatment of lung cancer to save patient lives," said Vafa Jamali, president, Early Technologies business in the Medtronic Minimally Invasive Therapies Group. "The enrollment of patients in Europe for the NAVIGATE study is a significant milestone and an important step to help establish ENB procedures as the gold standard for detecting lung cancer in the earlier, more curable stages."

According to the World Health Organization, lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the world, accounting for 1.59 million deaths in 2012.1 In its early stages, lung cancer presents few, if any, symptoms. As a result, diagnosis for the vast majority of lung cancer patients happens in the late stages, and long-term survival rates drastically decline.

When diagnosed early, an estimated 85 percent of lung cancer cases appear at a more curable stage.2 Early detection and immediate treatment dramatically increases the typical long-term survival rate from 15 percent at five years3 to 88 percent at 10 years.

To date nearly 100,000 ENB procedures have been performed globally at more than 600 hospitals commercially and as part of prior clinical trials.