Pulmonary Wedge Resection

How do you locate Sub-Centimeter Lung Nodules?

Blue Dye? Kopan’s Needle? The “Wait-and-See” Approach?

Introducing a safe and effective alternative, the Daniel Lung Probe. A unique method for localization and resection of sub-centimeter lung nodules.

  • VATS approach, utilizing a radiotracer
  • Eliminates guesswork on tissue margins and target location

Radioisotope localization facilitates rapid, precise identification of targeted nodule, minimizing resected tissue, while providing feedback to the surgeon of clean margins, prior to the pathology report. This radio-guided solution is a safe and effective alternative to blue dye or Kopans needles, which are typically unreliable. Most importantly, this minimally invasive procedure avoids the time, cost and trauma associated with a complete thoracotomy, a frequent product of a “wait-and-see” approach.

Daniel Lung Probedaniel-lung (2)

Dilon’s Daniel Lung Probe addresses the challenges of localizing small, difficult to visualize pulmonary lesions in minimally invasive surgical procedures.

The angled probe features a 310mm shaft length, internal collimation, a narrow 10mm tip and a 30 degree bend. This bend, combined with its small tip diameter, provides excellent visualization and external orientation. The straight configuration allows for use within either 11mm or 12mm bladeless trocars. The Daniel Probe can also be used in conjunction with surgical robotic systems.

Dilon Navigator & Daniel Lung Probe Brochure

For a tutorial on Radionuclide Localization of Small Lung Nodules, please go here


Clinical Resources
“A proposed diagnostic approach to the patient with the sub-centimeter pulmonary nodule: Techniques that facilitate Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery excision” Thomas M Daniel (Summer, 2005)

“A novel technique for localization and excisional biopsy of small or ill-defined pulmonary lesions” Thomas M Daniel, et al (2004)

“Radioisotope marking under CT guidance and localization using a handheld gamma probe for small or indistinct pulmonary lesions” Karuro Sugi, et al (Dec. 2007)