Low SW, Lentz RJ, Chen H, Katsis J, Aboudara MC, Whatley S, Paez R, Rickman OB, Maldonado F. Shape-Sensing Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy vs Digital Tomosynthesis-Corrected Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy: A Comparative Cohort Study of Diagnostic Performance. Chest. 2022 Oct 29. PMID: 36441041 [PubMed]
Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy has been the dominant bronchoscopic technology for targeting small peripheral lesions and now includes digital tomosynthesis-electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (DT-ENB), allowing near-real-time intraprocedural nodule visualization. Shape-sensing robotic-assisted bronchoscopy (ssRAB), with improved catheter stability and articulation, recently became available. Although the diagnostic performance of these two methods seems higher than that of legacy systems, data remain limited. We sought to compare the diagnostic yield of these two novel platforms after their introduction at our institution.