Lung Nodule Biopsies

If your lung nodule is suspected to be cancerous, a biopsy (taking a sample of tissue to be analyzed in the lab) should be performed to confirm diagnosis.

We are one of a few centers to have multiple biopsies available, allowing our experts to create a personalized plan for every patient. Having access to the most advanced technology allows us to obtain a diagnosis faster, more accurately and with a less invasive technique.

We offer the following types of advanced biopsy techniques:

  • Bronchoscopy biopsy with ultrasound (enter the lungs with a thin tube called a bronchoscope with ultrasound guidance)
  • Percutaneous (under the skin) needle biopsy using a CT scan for guidance
  • Robotic technology, which allows us to reach further into the lung using navigation technology (like GPS), so we can biopsy more accurately with less risk of a collapsed lung or other complications

If your lung nodule is found to be cancerous, rest assured that we are experts in minimally invasive and robotic assisted lung surgery, providing a safer and less invasive technique to remove cancerous lung nodules.

First to Use Robotic Platforms

The Orlando Health Cancer Institute is a pioneer in robotic bronchoscopy — being among the first and few programs in the country to offer robotic technology for diagnosing cancerous lung nodules.

During this procedure, one of our surgeons controls the robotic arm, which uses a CT scan for guidance in navigating to the nodule(s) and taking a sample of tissue to be analyzed in the lab.

This robotic technology offers many advantages over traditional needle biopsies, including:

  • Our experts can complete biopsies on difficult to reach nodules.
  • Biopsies can be completed without any injury to the lungs.
  • Safer because there is a lower risk of causing a deflated or collapsed lung.
  • Faster and more accurate diagnosis.
  • Faster recovery time.