New endoscopic approaches in IBD

World J Gastroenterol. 2011 Jan 7;17(1):63-8. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v17.i1.63.


Recent advances in endoscopic imaging techniques have revolutionized the diagnostic approach of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). New, emerging endoscopic imaging techniques visualized a plethora of new mucosal details even at the cellular and subcellular level. This review offers an overview about new endoscopic techniques, including chromoendoscopy, magnification endoscopy, spectroscopy, confocal laser endomicroscopy and endocytoscopy in the face of IBD.

Keywords: Chromoendoscopy; Crohn’s disease; Endocytoscopy; Endomicroscopy; Endoscopy; Fluorescence endoscopy; Fujinon intelligent color enhancement; Inflammatory bowel disease; Narrow band imaging; Spectroscopy; Ulcerative colitis; i-Scan.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Endoscopy / instrumentation
  • Endoscopy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / pathology
  • Microscopy, Confocal / methods
  • Spectrum Analysis / methods
  • Staining and Labeling / methods