Importance of a Good Diagnosis
When it is necessary to determine if a patient has GERD or Barrett's Esophagus, an endoscopy with biopsies has been the traditional approach to confirm a diagnosis. Unlike GERD with its acid reflux symptoms, with Barrett's esophagus there are no symptoms.
Additionally, physical exams and blood tests yield no information to help in diagnosing the condition. Barrett's can only be diagnosed by an upper endoscopy evaluation of the esophagus and a biopsy.
To hear Dr. David Carr-Locke explain the importance of getting a good diagnosis of Barrett's Esophagus, click on the video below
Traditional Upper Endoscopy
In a traditional upper endoscopy, a doctor looks for conditions that indicate the potential for Barrett's Esophagus. This can also include performing one or many biopsies to obtain tissue samples for evaluation by a pathologist to determine the presence of dysplasia or cancer. These biopsies are usually taken at random locations.
While your doctor can usually tell you the results of endoscopy after the procedure, because the biopsy requires a separate pathological evaluation, biopsy results and diagnosis usually take days.
Optical Biopsy in Real Time
With Cellvizio optical biopsy, cellular evaluation is performed during the endoscopic examination. Cellvizio optical biopsy utilizes the world's smallest microscope and laser imaging technology, in conjunction with today's endoscopic instruments to identify cells and vessels and their organization during an endoscopic procedure.
If you are faced with the challenges of GERD and the need to find out if you have Barrett's esophagus or dysplasia within Barrett's Esophagus, ask your physician how Cellvizio optical biopsy can help.
To hear more physicians reporting their experience with optical biopsy, please click here.