Mini-Microscope Allows for Real-Time Analysis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Diseases
California Pacific’s Interventional Endoscopy Service now uses an innovative imaging tool—real-time microscopy—to identify potentially cancerous tissue within the digestive tract.
Comprised of the world’s smallest and most flexible microscope (smaller in diameter than a shoelace), confocal endomicroscopy magnifies tissue up to 1,000 times, enabling physicians to view the digestive tract at the cellular level and make treatment decisions.
How it Works
Imaging with a confocal endomicroscope is used with a wide range of GI and endoscopy procedures, including those involving the esophagus, stomach, colon, bile duct and pancreas.
During an interventional endoscopy procedure, a doctor threads the endomicroscope through a traditional endoscope, allowing contact with the digestive tissue. This contact between the microscope probe and mucosa produces high-resolution cellular images.
The miniature tool permits the doctor to more accurately differentiate between normal and pre-cancerous or malignant cells, and in some instances perform a minimally invasive treatment that can preclude the need for a major surgical procedure.
For the patient, it can mean a better chance for definitive and early therapy. Additionally, the majority of procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Candidates for Confocal Endomicroscopy
Individuals diagnosed with or at-risk for the following conditions may benefit from imaging with confocal endomicroscopy:
- Barrett's esophagus or early esophageal cancer
- Early gastric cancer or precancerous gastric lesions
- Bile duct strictures or cancer
- Pancreatic cysts or main duct IPMN
- Large colon polyps
About the Paul May & Frank Stein Interventional Endoscopy Center
Interventional endoscopy enables physicians to diagnose and treat diseases via a flexible endoscope used to access the gastrointestinal tract and other organs.
Paul May & Frank Stein Interventional Endoscopy Center
2351 Clay Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115