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Minimally-Invasive Lung Biopsy

Lung cancer is commonly diagnosed by a biopsy of a suspicious spot on your lung, also called a nodule. A biopsy involves obtaining a tissue sample from the suspicious area and examining the cells. However, some areas of the lung are hard to get to and previously were difficult to navigate with other biopsy technology.

Archbold offers patients access to the Ion Endoluminal System for lung biopsies to better access hard-to-reach areas in the lung. The system is a robotic-assisted platform for minimally invasive biopsy in the lung. Ion is designed to address a challenging aspect of lung biopsy by enabling physicians to obtain tissue samples deep within the lung.

What is Ion?

Ion is used to perform robotic-assisted bronchoscopy. This system can reach all 18 segments of the lungs and be placed to obtain a biopsy.


The ultra-thin catheter and integrated vision probe provide the physician with direct vision to reach all parts of the lungs.


The shape-sensing technology provides precise location and shape information throughout the whole biopsy process. The system holds the catheter in place for precise placement for biopsy tools.


The catheter can move 180° in all directions and the Flexision™ biopsy needed, a flexible biopsy needle compatible with Ion, help enable biopsy.

If you've recently learned you have a suspicious nodule on your lung, talk with your doctor about your options.

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