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Endoscopic Raman spectroscopy enables objective diagnosis of dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus

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  • L Max Almond
  • Jo Hutchings
  • Gavin Lloyd
  • Hugh Barr
  • Neil Shepherd
  • John Day
  • Oliver Stevens
  • Scott Sanders
  • Martin Wadley
  • Nick Stone
  • Catherine Kendall
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Issue number1
DatePublished - Jan 2014


BACKGROUND: Early detection and targeted endoscopic resection of Barrett's esophagus-associated high-grade dysplasia (HGD) can prevent progression to invasive esophageal malignancy. Raman spectroscopy, a highly sophisticated analytical technique, has been translated into an endoscopic tool to facilitate rapid, objective diagnosis of dysplasia in the esophagus.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the ability of endoscopic Raman spectroscopy (ERS) to objectively detect esophageal HGD and adenocarcinoma.

DESIGN: A total of 798 one-second spectra were measured from 673 ex vivo esophageal tissue samples, collected from patients with Barrett's esophagus by using a novel endoscopic Raman probe. Spectra were correlated with consensus histopathology. Multivariate analysis was used to evaluate the classification accuracy of ERS ex vivo.

SETTING: Probe measurements were conducted in the laboratory. Tissue specimens were collected from the operating theatre and endoscopy unit.

PATIENTS: Tissue from 62 patients was included in the study.

INTERVENTIONS: Endoscopic biopsy/resection or esophagectomy was performed where indicated clinically.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENT: Diagnostic performance of ERS for detection of HGD and esophageal adenocarcinoma.

RESULTS: ERS demonstrated a sensitivity of 86% and a specificity of 88% for detecting HGD and adenocarcinoma. The ability to grade dysplasia and differentiate intestinal metaplasia from nonintestinal metaplasia columnar-lined esophagus was also demonstrated. Diagnostic classification was based on objective measurement of the biochemical profile of different tissue types. The potential for combination ERS and narrow-band imaging was also demonstrated.

LIMITATIONS: Measurements were taken from ex vivo tissue.

CONCLUSION: ERS enables rapid, accurate, objective diagnosis of superficial esophageal disease (metaplasia, dysplasia, intramucosal cancer) in clinically applicable time scales.

    Research areas

  • Adenocarcinoma, Barrett Esophagus, Biopsy, Esophageal Neoplasms, Esophagectomy, Esophagoscopy, Esophagus, Humans, Metaplasia, Narrow Band Imaging, Sensitivity and Specificity, Spectrum Analysis, Raman


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