Sebastian River Medical Center’s Newest Technology Offers Patients Hope in the Fight Against Lung Cancer

Sebastian River Medical Center
Sebastian River Medical Center

Sebastian River Medical Center physicians are utilizing Veran’s SPiN Thoracic Navigation System to assist in diagnosing lung cancer in its earliest stages by reaching lesions in the lungs that were, in the past, difficult to reach with traditional technology.

This new system will allow physicians to act sooner and not wait for lesions to grow before they are biopsied.  

The American Cancer Society (ACS) states that lung cancer, both small cell and non-small cell, is the second most common cancer in both men and women – not counting skin cancer.

It is estimated by the ACS there will be about 228,820 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in 2020 with an estimated 135,720 deaths. The good news is that when detected early, through a low-dose CT scan and technology like the SPiN System, there is the strong likelihood of survival.

The SPiN system utilizes electromagnetic technology, like the GPS in your car, to accurately guide physicians to even the smallest lung nodule. The planning begins with a CT scan that creates a 3D roadmap of the airways within the patient’s lungs.

The respiratory gating technology accommodates the constant movement within the lungs created by normal breathing. The physicians can use this roadmap before the procedure to customize their views and select the shortest, safest path to the targeted lesion.

They then use specialized instruments that communicate with the gated navigation system to collect a tissue sample. The SPiN technology allows physicians to customize bronchoscopy procedures for more accurate tissue sampling which provides their patients with an earlier and more precise diagnosis.

“The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System allows physicians to access lung lesions, regardless of their size or location, in a more timely manner” said Michael Layton, MD, medical director of the lung cancer program at Sebastian River Medical Center. “I am able to reach and biopsy nodules using the airways, allowing me to offer patients information quickly, easing their fears or concerns, allowing them to more swiftly decide on a course of treatment”.  

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This system, partnered with Sebastian River Medical Center’s low-dose CT screening program, significantly improves the chances of detecting lung cancer in its earliest stages and assist physician’s in providing their patients with the best course of treatment.

For more information on Sebastian River Medical Center’s low-dose lung CT screening, or to set up an appointment for screening, call or 772-388-4166.

To set up an appointment with Michael Layton, MD, FCCP, call 772-388-8322.  

About Sebastian River Medical Center

Sebastian River Medical Center (SRMC), a Steward Family Hospital, is a nationally recognized facility located along Florida’s Treasure Coast offering high-quality care close to home. SRMC is accredited by the Joint Commission, has a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence – as designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), over 100 affiliated physicians, over 650 nursing and ancillary staff and over 100 volunteers. SRMC provides state-of-the-art technology, comprehensive emergency services and award-winning surgical care. SRMC has expanded to meet the growing healthcare needs of our community with a new tower that opened in June 2020. It offers 48 private patient rooms, offers a total of six operating rooms with the latest in technology and sanitizing system to ensure safety, a new entrance from Bay Street into a large lobby with a coffee shop and gift shot. Services include medical/surgical inpatient, emergency care, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, urological surgery, gastrointestinal services, a cardiac catheterization program that includes implant devices, neurosurgery and spine surgery, as well as a full-service outpatient diagnostic center. Furthermore, SRMC’s emergency room is proud of its ability screen patients upon arrival for respiratory related illnesses and offer designated sections of the emergency treatment area for respiratory and non-respiratory patients. 

Sebastian River Medical Center is located at 13695 US Highway 1, Sebastian, FL 32958. For more information, please call 772-589-3186 or visit

About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care is the largest private, for-profit health care network in the United States. The company is owned and led by a management team of Steward physicians.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward employs more than 37,000 health care professionals and operates 36 hospitals across the United States and in the country of Malta which regularly receive awards for quality and safety. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, more than 7,000 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company’s managed care and health insurance services. 

The Steward Health Care Network includes more than 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters annually. Steward Medical Group, the company’s employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. For more information, visit

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