Colonoscopy is considered the gold standard for detecting colorectal tumors; however, conventional colonoscopy can miss flat tumors. We aimed to determine whether visualization of colorectal flat lesions was improved by autofluorescence imaging and narrow-band imaging image analysis in conjunction with a new endoscopy system. Eight physicians compared autofluorescent, narrow-band, and chromoendoscopy images to 30 corresponding white-light images of flat tumors. Physicians rated tumor visibility from each image set as follows: +2 (improved), +1 (somewhat improved), 0 (equivalent to white light), -1 (somewhat decreased), and -2 (decreased). The eight scores for each image were totalled and evaluated. Interobserver agreement was also examined. Autofluorescent, narrow-band, and chromoendoscopy images showed improvements of 63.3% (19/30), 6.7% (2/30), and 73.3% (22/30), respectively, with no instances of decreased visibility. Autofluorescence scores were generally greater than narrow-band scores. Interobserver agreement was 0.65 for autofluorescence, 0.80 for narrow-band imaging, and 0.70 for chromoendoscopy. In conclusion, using a new endoscopy system in conjunction with autofluorescent imaging improved visibility of colorectal flat tumors, equivalent to the visibility achieved using chromoendoscopy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging