Feasibility and preliminary accuracy of high-resolution imaging of the liver and pancreas using FNA compatible microendoscopy (with video)

Renu Regunathan, Jenny Woo, Mark C. Pierce, Alexandros D. Polydorides, Mohammad Raoufi, Sasan Roayaie, Myron Schwartz, Daniel Labow, Dongsuk Shin, Rei Suzuki, Manoop S. Bhutani, Lezlee G. Coghlan, Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Sharmila Anandasabapathy, Michelle Kang Kim

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Background: EUS-guided FNA is one of the few techniques that can obtain cells and tissue from the liver and pancreas. However, the technique remains vulnerable to poor specimen quality and sampling error. Objective: To evaluate the ability of a high-resolution microendoscope (HRME) to visualize the cellular and architectural features of normal and malignant liver and pancreatic tissue ex vivo, to assess the ability of endosonographers to identify normal and neoplastic tissue by using HRME images, and to demonstrate preliminary technical feasibility of in vivo HRME imaging via EUS fine-needle puncture (FNP). Design: Ex vivo pilot feasibility study in human tissue; in vivo swine model. Setting: Two academic medical centers. Patients: Co-registered HRME images and biopsies were obtained from surgically resected hepatic and pancreatic tissues from 44 patients. Intervention: Images were divided into training (12 images) and test (80 images) sets containing a range of normal and pathologic conditions for each organ. After viewing the training sets, 9 endosonographers attempted to distinguish malignant tissue from normal or benign lesions in the test sets, each of which contained 40 unique images with individual diagnoses from pathology. Main Outcome Measurements: Image acquisition feasibility, ex vivo and in vivo. Ability of endosonographers to recognize features of normal/benign or malignant tissue from the liver and pancreas. Results: Overall, the 9 endosonographers achieved median accuracy figures of 85% in the liver and 90% in the pancreas. The endosonographers with prior experience in reading HRME images achieved accuracy rates between 90% and 95%. Technical feasibility of HRME imaging through a 19-gauge EUS-FNP needle was demonstrated in an in vivo swine model. Limitations: Ex vivo study. Conclusion: High-resolution microendoscopy allows real-time imaging of cellular-level morphology and tissue architecture in the liver and pancreas. The technique appears to have a short learning curve, after which endosonographers achieved high accuracy rates in distinguishing malignant tissue from normal and benign pathology in both organs. Translating this imaging platform to the in vivo setting appears technically feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-300
Number of pages8
JournalGastrointestinal Endoscopy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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