Feasibility of Using the O-Arm Imaging System during ENB-rEBUS-guided Peripheral Lung Biopsy: A Dual-center Experience

Roy J. Cho, Michal Senitko, Jennifer Wong, Erhan H. Dincer, Hamid Khosravi, George E. Abraham

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Background: There is a paucity of real-time imaging modalities available for the bronchoscopic biopsy of peripheral lung nodules. We aim to demonstrate the feasibility of the O-arm imaging system to guide real-time biopsies of peripheral lung nodules during electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy. Methods: A retrospective review was performed at 2 academic medical centers utilizing O-arm guidance. Results: The average nodule size was 2.1×2.0 cm and were mostly solid (66%) with a positive bronchus sign (83%). O-arm imaging confirmed tool-in-lesion in all cases. The diagnostic yield was 33%. Four cases were nondiagnostic of the 6 cases performed. In these cases, necrotic tissue was the most common (75%) and showed resolution following subsequent imaging. The average 3-dimensional (3D) spin time was 23.5 seconds. The average number of 3D spins performed per case was 4.33. The average effective dose per 3D spin was 3.73 mSv. Conclusion: We have demonstrated the O-arm's feasibility with electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy for peripheral lung nodules. The O-arm was able to confirm tool-in-lesion in all cases which added confidence to the biopsy. Four high-resolution 3D spins per case may limit the total computed tomography effective dose. We also noted that both metal and radiation scatter were minimal when appropriate radiation safety standards were met. Although additional experience and data will be required to verify the O-arm approach for routine use, our initial experience is promising.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-254
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 18 2020

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  • O-arm
  • lung cancer
  • navigational bronchoscopy
  • peripheral lung nodules


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