Fluorescence and navigational bronchoscopy

Thorac Surg Clin. 2013 May;23(2):153-61. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2013.01.008. Epub 2013 Feb 8.


Bronchoscopy is a minimally invasive method for lung cancer diagnosis. Smaller and more maneuverable bronchoscopes with higher image resolution and an adequate biopsy channel are being developed. High-resolution multiplanar computed tomography (CT) is used to produce 3-dimensional virtual images of the bronchial tree. The target lesion can be confirmed by a mini-radial ultrasound probe and potentially other technologies such as optical coherence tomography. These tools may provide a safer alternative method to CT-guided transthoracic lung biopsy for peripheral lung lesions that are not pleural based.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy, Needle
  • Bronchial Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Bronchial Neoplasms / pathology
  • Bronchoscopy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung / pathology*
  • Narrow Band Imaging
  • Optical Imaging
  • Precancerous Conditions / diagnosis*
  • Precancerous Conditions / pathology
  • Stereotaxic Techniques
  • Tomography, Optical Coherence
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed