A bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows physicians to look at your lungs and air passages. It is performed with a flexible scope with a camera attached that is inserted into your lungs. This is an outpatient procedure done under sedation or, at times, full anesthesia. There are several different types of bronchoscopy procedures and, depending on your CT findings and symptoms, your provider will determine which procedure is best.
- Airway inspection bronchoscopy
- Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)
- Bronchoscopy with EBUS (endobronchial ultrasound)
- Robotic bronchoscopy
If you need a lung biopsy, Heritage Valley offers Robotic Bronchoscopy, an innovation that holds promise in the fight against lung cancer. Robotic Bronchoscopy is used to view the inside of a patient’s lungs and obtain a tissue sample for biopsy. This procedure is similar to traditional bronchoscopy, but provides our physicians with the advanced precision and control that comes with robotic technology.
By utilizing the Auris Health MonarchTM Robotic Bronchoscopy Platform, Heritage Valley’s goal is to enable earlier and more accurate diagnosis of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the periphery of the lung. Earlier diagnosis with this minimally invasive approach will hopefully increase chances of survival from lung cancer and reduce unnecessary invasive diagnostic procedures. The technology integrates the latest advancements in robotics, software, data science and endoscopy, and combines traditional camera views with computer-assisted navigation.
As part of the Heritage Valley LungCare program, this robotic platform enables Heritage Valley to provide state-of-the-art medical procedures and, when paired with Heritage Valley’s other technologies, allows us to provide patients with accurate and safe diagnoses and treatment plans to ensure the best possible outcomes.