Find the latest lung care discoveries at OHSU

At OHSU, we use the latest technology to fight cancer. One of our newest diagnostic tools is the i•Logic™ System.

Also known as Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy™, the i•Logic System is a minimally invasive way for your doctor to check your lungs and navigate through small airway passages to reach a lung nodule for diagnosis. A lung nodule is a mass of abnormal tissue that can either be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

This helps your doctor take tissue samples from smaller nodules, which can mean earlier detection of lung cancers.

How does it work?

The i•Logic System uses your chest CT scan results and Global Positioning System (GPS)-like guidance to create a 3-D image of your lungs.

Before the procedure, your CT scan will be loaded onto the computer, creating a “roadmap” of your lungs. During the procedure, which is done while you are asleep, your doctor will place a bronchoscope through your mouth and into your airways. Electromagnetic sensors then guide a catheter to the exact location your doctor wants to reach. The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of the i•Logic™ System include:

  • A minimally invasive alternative to surgical biopsy
  • Suitable for those with poor lung function or who have undergone previous surgery, radiation or chemotherapy
  • Ability to diagnose early stage lung cancer