When your physician discovers a spot or small mass in your lung, you may need to undergo a diagnostic procedure called a bronchoscopy to determine what it is. Sometimes lung nodules can be very small and located in a hard-to-reach area of the lung. In these cases, a robotic-assisted bronchoscopy procedure like the Monarch™ Platform may be recommended.
Leading up to your procedure with the Monarch™ Platform, you may have several questions. Our goal is to inform you about robotic-assisted bronchoscopy.
We have listed the most common questions and answers.
Before the procedure starts, you will be put to sleep with anesthesia. Your doctor will then insert a thin tube called a bronchoscope through your mouth and throat into the lung and take a tissue sample of the nodule. The sample will be sent to a laboratory to find out more information about your nodule.
When you hear the term “robotic bronchoscopy or robotic-assisted bronchoscopy,” it’s not uncommon to wonder if your bronchoscopy will be performed by a robot. While the Monarch™ Platform does utilize breakthrough robotic technology, you can rest assured that your procedure will not be performed by a robot.
A robotic-assisted bronchoscopy is completely controlled and navigated by a highly skilled medical professional, but the robotic technology is designed to provide precision and cutting-edge navigation to help your physician reach small nodules. The Monarch technology helps your physician map out a pathway to the nodule so that he or she never loses sight of the path ahead.
If you or a loved one has a nodule in a hard-to-reach area of the lung, robotic-assisted bronchoscopy may be able to provide you a safe and effective way of getting an efficient diagnosis. Ask your doctor if this procedure is right for you, or find a physician using this technology with our Physician FInder.
Biopsy samples taken with Monarch’s bronchoscopy platform are often tested using rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE). ROSE means the physician will have the tissue tested during the procedure. Because the necessary tissue samples are obtained during the procedure, a second bronchoscopy is rarely needed.