The new kid on the block for advanced imaging in Barrett's esophagus: A review of volumetric laser endomicroscopy

Arvind J. Trindade, Michael S. Smith, Douglas K. Pleskow

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Abstract

Advanced imaging techniques used in the management of Barrett's esophagus include electronic imaging enhancement (e.g. narrow band imaging, flexible spectral imaging color enhancement, and i-Scan), chromoendoscopy, and confocal laser endomicroscopy. Electronic imaging enhancement is used frequently in daily practice, but use of the other advanced technologies is not routine. High-definition white light endoscopy and random four quadrant biopsy remain the standard of care for evaluation of Barrett's esophagus; this is largely due to the value of advanced imaging technologies not having been validated in large studies or in everyday practice. A new advanced imaging technology called volumetric laser endomicroscopy is commercially available in the United States. Its ease of use and rapid acquisition of high-resolution images make this technology very promising for widespread application. In this article we review the technology and its potential for advanced imaging in Barrett's esophagus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-416
Number of pages9
JournalTherapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • advanced imaging
  • cancer
  • dysplasia
  • esophagus

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