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Minerva Chirurgica 2016 August;71(4):270-7

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

In vivo medical imaging technologies: new possibility in diagnosis of gastric cancer

Manuela CESARETTI 1, 2, Alban ZARZAVADJIAN LE BIAN 2

1 Department of HPB Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Beaujon Hospital, Clichy, France; 2 Unit of Digestive Surgery, Centre Hospitalier Simone Veil, Eaubonne, France


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Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers with an important related-mortality worldwide. It is preceded by a multistage pathological state arising from environmental and dietary factors. These factors influence intracellular molecular changes associated with the gastric carcinogenesis. Gastroenterology imaging, such as endoscopy, is essential for an early diagnosis as patients are typically asymptomatic at the onset of gastric cancer. Recent technological advances have allowed the development of novel imaging devices such as narrow-band imaging or high-definition endoscopy. Their accuracy in determining early gastric lesions makes biopsy of tissue unnecessary. They may largely simplify early diagnosis and improved prognosis. We performed a qualitative review about endoscopic application of advanced imaging technologies.

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