Novel Developments in Endoscopic Mucosal Imaging

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Endoscopic techniques such as high-definition and optical-chromoendoscopy have had enormous impact on endoscopy practice. Since these techniques allow assessment of most subtle morphological mucosal abnormalities, further improvements in endoscopic practice lay in increasing the detection efficacy of endoscopists. Several new developments could assist in this. First, web based training tools could improve the skills of the endoscopist for enhancing the detection and classification of lesions. Secondly, incorporation of computer aided detection will be the next step to raise endoscopic quality of the captured data. These systems will aid the endoscopist in interpreting the increasing amount of visual information in endoscopic images providing real-time objective second reading. In addition, developments in the field of molecular imaging open opportunities to add functional imaging data, visualizing biological parameters, of the gastrointestinal tract to white-light morphology imaging. For the successful implementation of abovementioned techniques, a true multi-disciplinary approach is of vital importance.




van der Sommen, F., Curvers, W. L., & Nagengast, W. B. (2018). Novel Developments in Endoscopic Mucosal Imaging. Gastroenterology, 154(7), 1876–1886.

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