A groundbreaking advancement in the diagnosis of lung cancer and other respiratory conditions, robotic bronchoscopy can help a physician reach and evaluate lung nodules with unprecedented precision. When performing a robotic bronchoscopy, a physician can visualize and access lesions that are very small or located in areas of the lung that are inaccessible with conventional bronchoscopy. As such, robotic bronchoscopy can help a physician confirm an early diagnosis, which can lead to a better outcome and quality of life for the patient.
How Does Robotic Bronchoscopy Work?
Robotic bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require a surgical incision. Guided by 3-D images captured in real time throughout the procedure, a physician utilizes a handheld, robotic-assisted controller to precisely guide a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light source at the end (endoscope) through the patient’s mouth, down his or her throat and into the targeted area of a lung.
Outfitted with an innovative telescoping feature, the endoscope has flexible robotic arms that can enhance the physician’s view, reach, control and dexterity. The robotic navigational guide provides the physician with turn-by-turn directions to navigate the lung’s complex airways and reach each nodule with sub-millimeter precision. With a clear view of the lung and ready access to each biopsy field, the physician can obtain tiny tissue samples as needed for evaluation under a microscope.
The Moffitt Cancer Center Advantage
Firmly positioned on the leading edge of technology, Moffitt Cancer Center is proud to offer robotic bronchoscopy, which we regard as the standard of care for difficult-to-reach lung nodules. Our multispecialty team includes skilled physicians who perform a high volume of robotic bronchoscopies and therefore have acquired extensive expertise in utilizing this advanced technology to its fullest potential.
If you have questions about robotic bronchoscopy or would like to find out if it is right for you, we encourage you to reach out to an expert in the Thoracic Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center. To request an appointment, please call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form online. As Florida’s top cancer hospital, we are changing the model — and you can benefit from our extensive lung cancer expertise within one day.