Technological Breakthrough for Early Detection of Lung Cancer Now Available at Phelps Memorial Hospital center

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY – Phelps Memorial Hospital Center has announced the acquisition and first use of the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System by Veran Medical Technologies.  Use of the Veran system offers patients faster diagnoses for the detection of lung cancer, getting patients to the treatment phase more quickly.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, killing more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined.  According to the American Cancer Society, more than 224,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.   The good news is that with early detection, the survival rate increases from 15% (stage IV) to as high as 92% (stage I). 

The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System is the only system in the world that allows physicians to accurately access small lung lesions via multiple approaches.  This assists physicians in detecting lung cancer earlier, without the need for multiple hospital visits for diagnostic procedures.

“The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System is a technological breakthrough that allows me to access lung lesions, regardless of size or location,” states Avraham Merav, MD, FACS, Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Director of the Westchester Lung Nodule Center at Phelps.  “With the Veran electromagnetic navigation system, which is similar to a GPS, I am able to reach and biopsy, or mark for identification, small nodules using either the airway or by going through the skin.  This system is another tool which we use to identify lung cancer at its earliest stage, significantly improving the chances of cure. Ultimately, this advance will help us save lives.”

 Medicare and most private insurance plans cover lung cancer screenings with low-dose CT scans for high-risk individuals.  To learn more, call 914-366-2333 to schedule an appointment with a lung specialist at Phelps.

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About Phelps Memorial Hospital Center
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, part of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. Phelps' primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities.

About Northwell Health (formerly Northshore-LIJ Health System)
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer.  With 22 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve 8 million people in the Metro New York area and beyond.  Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better.  We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute.  We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit

About Veran Medical Technologies

Veran Medical Technologies is a privately held medical device company headquartered in St. Louis, MO.  Veran delivers innovative thoracic navigation technologies that assist physicians in detecting and treating lung, liver and kidney cancers via a minimally invasive approach.

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