Physicians currently have difficulty getting a biopsy of lung spots that are far from the center of the lung. The bronchoscopes that are currently used to reach these spots are sometimes difficult to maneuver and are unable to reach these spots. This study will test the performance of a new robotic bronchoscope that uses navigation software to find the distant spots in the lung so physicians can successfully get a biopsy.
This is a single-center pilot study at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the TCP-EBUS scope (Thin EBUS). This study will consist of a standard of care bronchoscopy and will be followed for approximately 3 months. While the device is not FDA approved, it is the same technology but a thinner version of the SCP-EBUS bronchoscope.
The purpose of this study is to compare the effects (good and bad) of the different types of drainage in people receiving indwelling tunneled pleural catheters and the effect this has on pain during the drainage period.