LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Robotic bronchoscopy, a new innovation that holds promise to fight lung cancer is now in use at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital. The Monarch™ Platform enables earlier and more accurate diagnosis of small and hard-to-reach nodules in the periphery of the lung. Earlier diagnosis often increases lung cancer treatment options.
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in Kentucky, and the state leads the nation in the number of cases (compared to the population). Historically lung cancer is difficult to catch early, in part because it has no symptoms in its early stages. “Early detection and diagnosis of lung cancer are critical to improving survival,” said Matthew Black, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon with UofL Physicians. “
The Monarch Platform integrates the latest advancements in flexible robotics, software, data science, and minimally invasive endoscopy. By combining traditional endoscopic views into the lung with computer-assisted navigation based on 3-D models of the patient’s own lung anatomy, the Monarch Platform provides physicians with continuous bronchoscope vision throughout the entire procedure.