Human Factors and Ergonomics

Technical Validation of Multi-Section Robotic Bronchoscope with First Person View Control for Transbronchial Biopsies of Peripheral Lung

Author(s): Fumitaro Masaki, Franklin King, Takahisa Kato, Hisashi Tsukada, Yolonda Lorig Colson, Nobuhiko Hata
Technical Validation of Multi-Section Robotic Bronchoscope with First Person View Control for Transbronchial Biopsies of Peripheral Lung 169 177 IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME)
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