SALEM, Va. – LewisGale Medical Center in Salem is the first hospital in Virginia to use new artificial intelligence to help diagnose and treat lung cancer.

The new technology is the Monarch Robotic Bronchoscope and doctors say the machine will help make strides in helping to detect lung cancer early.

“It will be a phenomenal impact for our market, our community and most importantly our patients,” said LewisGale Health System’s Market President, Lance Jones.

LewisGale pulmonary specialist Dr. Nelson Greene says lung cancer is considered a “silent killer” because it’s not detected as early as other cancers like colon or breast cancers. But with this machine, doctors are hoping to change that.

“The goal is to diagnose lung cancers at stage one disease so we can dissect them, treat them aggressively and cure the patient,” he said.

The robotic bronchoscope makes it easier for doctors to navigate through a person’s lungs…

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