Screening for cancer is a stressful process for individuals, and it may take months if numerous screens are required to achieve a diagnosis.
Biopsies, in which physicians remove tissue samples to determine whether the cells are malignant, are required for some tumours to be certain.
A robotic-assisted approach allows doctors to do biopsies for lung cancer more readily.
A CT scan is typically used to screen individuals for lung cancer. Lying down within a machine, the scan is converted into 3D pictures of the lungs.
The photos are examined by the specialists to check whether there are any anomalies, such as lumps in the lungs.
The physician controls a flexible bronchoscopy tube during robotic-assisted bronchoscopy.
According to the American Lung Association, this tube is smaller than what would generally be used in a standard bronchoscopy.
A 3D map created from a CT scan assists them in navigating the lungs and locating malignant tumours or nodules.