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Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy

We offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art lung cancer diagnostic technology available with robotic-assisted navigational bronchoscopy.

The early detection, diagnosis and staging of lung cancer often leads to a higher likelihood of successful treatment.

Revolutionizing early lung cancer detection

Our state-of-the-art robotic-assisted navigational bronchoscopy helps diagnose small peripheral nodules during the early stages of lung cancer.  Robot-assisted bronchoscopy gives  the physician access to the peripheral areas of the lung, with the increased precision and control that only comes from robot technology.

Why is lung cancer so deadly?

Lung cancer is difficult to diagnose safely and reliably in the early stages of the disease because early-stage lung cancer is usually first present in the small nodules located deep in the periphery of the lung.  Traditional, manual bronchoscopy is often unable to adequately access this area, leaving the early-stage lung cancer to remain undetected.

What are the benefits to Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy?

Combining traditional camera views of the  the lung with computer-assisted navigation, based on 3-D models of the patient’s own lung anatomy, robotic bronchoscopy provides bronchoscopic visualization throughout the procedure enabling the physician the ability to:

  • diagnose small nodules at an earlier stage, leading to improved patient outcomes
  • extend visibility to nodules on the periphery of the lung
  • provide the option for endobronchial ultrasound as needed to help in staging of lung cancer 
  • reduce biopsy complications
  • reduce patient procedure time
  • reduce the need for further diagnostic procedures
  • provide higher quality of care through a minimally invasive, single endoscopic procedure 


Who performs Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy?

  • interventional pulmonologists
  • thoracic surgeons

Insurance Coverage

  • Robot-Assisted Bronchoscopy is covered by Medicare and most major insurance payors.
  • physician order and insurance pre-authorization is required

Who is eligible for Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy?

People who have a lung nodule or mass that shows signs of growth or is otherwise suspicious may be eligible for robotic navigational bronchoscopy. To determine if an individual can receive the procedure, doctors will review their medical history and perform a physical exam to assess their overall health and lung and heart function

The advanced technology of Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy is available at multiple Corewell Health locations through our system-wide Lung Nodule program. For additional information talk to your primary care physician, pulmonologist, or thoracic surgeon.

This advanced technology is available as needed through your pulmonologist, thoracic surgeon or one of our Lung Nodule clinics.

Talk to your pulmonologist or thoracic surgeon for additional information and to find out if Robot-Assisted Bronchoscopy is right for you.