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(Courtesy of the Jacksonville Business Journal) Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville will be offering a new way to detect long cancer earlier and with greater accuracy, the hospital said Wednesday.

Memorial will be one of four hospitals in Florida and 67 in the country to offer robotic-assisted bronchoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure.

Using the robotic platform, doctor can obtain tissue samples of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the periphery of the lung.

Unlike other bronchoscopy robots, the technology being deployed by Memorial is not catheter based, allowing to offer a continuous, uninterrupted vision scope through the entire biopsy process.

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, in part, because it is frequently diagnosed when the cancer is more advanced,” said Dr. Albert Holt, Memorial’s chief medical officer. “This new technology has the potential to help us to make a diagnosis of cancer is in its early stages through a safe biopsy procedure. This allows us to treat cancers in their early stages and achieve greater success in curing patients.” The new technology will start being used on patients this month.

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