Future expectations in digestive endoscopy: Competition with other novel imaging techniques

Anna M. Buchner, Michael B. Wallace

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Digestive endoscopy has been evolving from primary diagnostic to extensive therapeutic modalities in the management of gastrointestinal diseases. The present endoscopic imaging includes (A) standard endoscopy alone and /or with adjunct technologies such as point enhancement, e.g. confocal endomicroscopy and field enhancement technologies such as chromoendoscopy, NBI and FICE and (B) endoscopic ultrasound. Other novel imaging technologies including virtual colonoscopy or CT/MR colonography, CT or MRI enterography and capsule endoscopy have also been developed. This article reviews the diagnostic and therapeutic role of digestive endoscopy and future directions of digestive endoscopy are discussed. Digestive endoscopy is also compared with emerging novel imaging techniques in gastrointestinal diseases such as capsule endoscopy and CT colonography. The fact that digestive endoscopy has become a multidisciplinary specialty combining advances in all fields (radiology, bioengineering, surgery and gastroenterology) is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)971-987
Number of pages17
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2008


  • CT colonography
  • NOTES (natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery)
  • capsule endoscopy
  • endoscopic mucosal resection
  • image enhancement endoscopic technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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