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Robotic Bronchoscopy

Innovative Technology for Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Not all lung spots (nodules), are cancerous. More than half are not, and they can have many causes. They can be caused by smoking, scar tissue, or old infections. To find out if a nodule is cancerous, a small piece of tissue must be examined. A bronchoscopy helps your doctor determine if a lung nodule is cancerous.

Robotic bronchoscopy is an innovation that aids in the fight against lung cancer. Used to view the inside of the lungs and obtain a tissue sample for biopsy, the goal of Auris Health’s Monarch™ Platform is to enable the physician to diagnosis small and hard-to-reach nodules in the periphery of the lung earlier and with increased accuracy.

Technology integrates the latest advancements in robotics, software, data science, and endoscopy (the use of small cameras and tools to enter the body through its natural openings).

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, in part because it has no symptoms in its initial stages. Because the Monarch Platform provides improved reach, vision and control for bronchoscopic procedures, it holds potential to help physicians to make a diagnosis earlier,” said thoracic surgeon Michael Szwerc, MD, Medical Director of the Center for Lung, Esophageal and Thoracic Disorders. “We are excited about the promise of this technology to offer a more hopeful future for our patients with lung cancer.”

There are a variety of diagnostic options currently available for lung cancer, but they all have limitations. This new technology combines traditional endoscopic views into the lung with computer-assisted navigation based on 3-D models of the patient’s own unique lung anatomy.

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