Home Archive Vol.42, No.1, 2016 Feasibility Study of a Novel Navigation System for Biopsy of Peripheral Lesions in the Lungs

Feasibility Study of a Novel Navigation System for Biopsy of Peripheral Lesions in the Lungs

L.G. GRUIONU(1), A. SĂFTOIU(2), T. POPA(3), C. CIOBÂRCĂ(3), C.T. Streba(4), ANA-MARIA IONCICĂ(4), G. GRUIONU(5)

(1)Medinsys Craiova, Romania; Faculty of Mechanics, University of Craiova, Romania, (2)Research Center of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Craiova, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Romania; Endoscopy Department, Copenhagen University Hospital Herlev, Denmark, (3)Medinsys Craiova, Romania, (4)Pulmonology Department, Emergency County Clinical Hospital Craiova, Romania, (5)Medinsys Craiova, Romania; Departament of Surgery, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

    Abstract: A novel system for electromagnetic navigation in bronchoscopy (ENB) to improve peripheral lesion targeting and diagnostic is currently under development, and preliminary tests on a complex phantom are presented in this paper. The system named Transbite is proving to be easy to use, accurate and useful for experienced and beginner users, with precision around 5-9 mm in reaching targets in sub-segmental bronchi where a conventional video-bronchoscope cannot extent. Transbite system consists of a planning and orientation software, a navigation and biopsy forceps, an active marker that is placed on patient chest and an electromagnetic tracking system from the market connected to a computer containing the software. Transbite can be used with any bronchoscopy system, has a short set-up procedure and learning curve.
    Keywords: bronchoscopy, fusion imaging, computer tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), electromagnetic tracking (EMT)

DOI 10.12865/CHSJ.42.01.11 


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