Robotic bronchoscopy
  • Project: Roboscope
  • Lead: Prof K Dhaliwal, Dr M Khadem
  • Start date: 1 February 2016
  • PSH Theme: Technology

Robotic bronchoscopy

  • navigate to lung region with millimetre precision
  • unique automated technology

We accelerate the development of an ultra-miniaturised robotic bronchoscopy platform capable of semi-automonous navigation in the mechanically ventilated distal lung to perform repeated drug delivery and spatial registration alongside microscopic interrogation and fluid/tissue collection.

The robotic bronchoscope has a minimal footprint (outer diameter<=4mm) and offers unprecedented capabilities in terms of dexterity, safety, and ease of operation.

The robot incorporates state-of-the-art optical fibre technology offering high resolution, multi-dimensional, and controlled characterisation of tissue physiology and characteristics

This enables accurate bedside sampling or drug delivery, reduce operator dependency, and democratises lung navigations with additional patient benefits (i.e., convenience, safety, and rapid deployment