Background: The value of narrow-band imaging (NBI) for detecting serrated lesions is unknown.
Objective: To assess NBI for the detection of proximal colon serrated lesions.
Design: Randomized, controlled trial.
Setting: Two academic hospital outpatient units.
Patients: Eight hundred outpatients 50 years of age and older with intact colons undergoing routine screening, surveillance, or diagnostic examinations.
Interventions: Randomization to colon inspection in NBI versus white-light colonoscopy.
Main outcome measurements: The number of serrated lesions (sessile serrated polyps plus hyperplastic polyps) proximal to the sigmoid colon.
Results: The mean inspection times for the whole colon and proximal colon were the same for the NBI and white-light groups. There were 204 proximal colon lesions in the NBI group and 158 in the white light group (P = .085). Detection of conventional adenomas was comparable in the 2 groups.
Limitations: Lack of blinding, endoscopic estimation of polyp location.
Conclusion: NBI may increase the detection of proximal colon serrated lesions, but the result in this trial did not reach significance. Additional study of this issue is warranted. (
Clinical trial registration number: NCT01572428.).
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