Before the procedure, a CT scan is taken to create a three-dimensional reconstruction of the patient’s airways and to detect the any lesions in the lungs. During the procedure, the three-dimensional pathway is displayed on a computer screen, next to a screen displaying live camera footage inside the lung. The virtual imagery serves as a reference point for doctors as they navigate the actual lungs.
The system will be used for lung cancer screening and early diagnosis by providing more access to small airways or hard-to-reach nodules that other technologies are unable to achieve, as well as for patients who are not surgical candidates but need biopsies to treat cancers. It will also reduce the amount of procedures over the long-term, improving overall patient outcomes.