Ochsner Medical Center Adds New Robotic-Assisted Tool

Ochsner Medical Center, a Louisiana-based healthcare system, has an innovative new addition. The hospital now uses a state-of-the-art Ion endoluminal system, a robotic-assisted tool used for bronchoscopic biopsy of the lung.

“Ochsner Health is innovating healthcare by investing in new technologies and research to make world-class care more accessible, affordable, convenient and effective.”

The first robotic-assisted bronchoscopy in Louisiana took place back in September using the Ion system at Ochsner. 

This tool allows physicians to reach areas of the lung that were not accessible before,” said Dr. Susan Gunn, the doctor who performed the first biopsy with the Ion system. “The ability to offer patients this minimally invasive option is a game-changer for lung cancer care, as we can share a diagnosis and treatment plan earlier, resulting in better outcomes.”

Ochsner revealed they healed more than 900,000 people in 2020, and this new robotic-assisted tool will continue to help the healthcare system to reach its goal of a healthy state by 2030.