IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering

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Technical Validation of Multi-Section Robotic Bronchoscope with First Person View Control for Transbronchial Biopsies of Peripheral Lung
This study aims to validate the advantage of new engineering method to maneuver multi-section robotic bronchoscope with first person view control in transbronchial biopsy. Six physician operators with different skill levels in manual bronchoscopy were recruited and tasked to operate a manual and a robotic bronchoscope with a gamepad to the peripheral area placed in patient-derived lung phantoms. The use of the robotic bronchoscope via a gamepad showed statistically less physical demands and the ability to reach the 5th generation of the airway regardless of the experience in manual bronchoscopy... Read more