With the help of robotic-assisted technology, physicians at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire now have the ability to identify, diagnose and treat lung cancer quicker and more thoroughly than ever before.

According to Mayo, lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths worldwide, with 236,000 new diagnoses in 2022. About 130,000 people died from the disease that same year in the United States, alone.

With the hospital’s new robotic-assisted bronchoscopy technology, however, pulmonologists are now able to examine even the tiniest of airways within the lungs. This means they can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages, when it’s easier to treat and potentially cure.