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Ion endoluminal system

Is my lung nodule benign or cancerous?

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a suspicious lung nodule and want to know with certainty if it is benign or cancerous we want to share with you information about the Ion endoluminal system by Intuitive.

What is the Ion endoluminal system?

Ion is used to perform robotic-assisted bronchoscopy to take a closer and less invasive look at suspicious lung nodules. This system can reach all 18 segments of the lungs to obtain a biopsy. Ion allows for more precision, more reach and more answers.

The ultra-thin catheter and integrated vision probe provide G. David Gass, MD and Ketan Patel, MBBS, MD, FCCP direct vision to reach all parts of the lungs. The shape-sensing technology provides precise location and shape information throughout the whole biopsy process. Ion allows our pulmonary physicians to perform needle aspiration in a non-invasive procedure rather than having to puncture the chest wall.

For more information about the Ion endoluminal system, call 903-592-6901.

If you and your pulmonary physician decide that robotic-assisted bronchoscopy is right for you, then here is what happens:

Three-dimensional mapping

Ion begins with PlanPoint software, which uses a CT scan of the patient’s lungs to generate 3D airway trees. An interface that allows our pulmonary physicians to identify a target and create a pre-planned path to the lung nodule.

Navigation to lung nodule target

During the robot-assisted bronchoscopy with Ion, the pulmonary physician uses Ion’s controller to navigate to the target lung nodule via the pre-planned path. With Ion’s ultra-thin robotic catheter and advanced maneuverability, the physician can navigate far into the peripheral lung through the patient’s airway to the area of biopsy.

The small and flexible catheter can reach all segments of the lung. Even areas far into the outer lung.

Lung nodule biopsy

Once at the target location of the nodule for biopsy, the catheter locks in place. The pulmonary physician will then insert biopsy tools through the catheter to take a sample of the patient’s lung tissue.


Talk with your physician to find out if you are a good candidate for the non-invasive lung nodule biopsy.

Providers For Ion endoluminal system

G. David Gass, MD
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Critical Care Medicine

Ketan Patel, MBBS, MD, FCCP
Pulmonology (Lung Disease), Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine