REBOT: Robotic Endobronchial Optical Tomography

The REBOT team is developing a robot-guided probe for controlled, minimally-invasive access to the deepest reaches of the lung. This will allow diagnosis and treatment of the most difficult-to-reach nodules, and could help improve outcomes for lung cancer. To complement conventional biopsy, REBOT will be equipped with optical probes for navigation and real-time ‘virtual’ biopsy of lung tissue, and be supported by an online planning, navigation and visualisation system.

REBOT is supported by EPSRC Grants EP/N019318/1 and EP/N019229/1.