Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci® Surgical System, is developing a new, minimally‑invasive technology to obtain tissue samples of the lung.

The technology will use CT scans of the lung to create a road map.

An articulating, robotic‑assisted catheter will allow navigation along a planned path through the airways to a predetermined location.

The catheter's size and maneuverability will allow it to pass through small and difficult‑to‑reach pathways in the periphery of the lung.