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El Camino Hospital Breaks New Ground with Monarch Platform

Apr 27 2018

Mountain View Voice


The Monarch Platform made headlines for the first use of the technology at El Camino Hospital, located in Mountain View, California, as part of a clinical trial. El Camino’s clinical trial marks the first institution in the United States to use the Monarch Platform’s robotic technology for bronchoscopic procedures. Dr. Ganesh Krishna, the pulmonologist who performed the first case on March 30, 2018, believes the Monarch Platform marks a needed “paradigm shift” in the way physicians diagnose lung disease.

Unlike conventional bronchoscopic procedures, where the physician uses a manual bronchoscope, the Monarch Platform offers a familiar controller-like interface that physicians use to navigate the flexible robotic endoscope to the periphery of the lung with improved reach, vision, and control. It also offers real-time video and patient-centric navigational capabilities, a user-centric design for mobility and views into the lung with computer-assisted navigation based on 3-D models of the patient’s own lung anatomy, giving physicians continuous bronchoscope vision throughout the entire procedure.

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“He [Dr. Krishna] said using a conventional bronchoscope is subject to human error, challenging to maneuver, and is too large to fit in the smallest branches of the lungs, which poses a serious challenge in diagnosing potentially cancerous nodules in the lungs.”

"It [manual bronchoscope] can only go so far," Krishna said. "Periphery access has always been the Holy Grail."

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