Technological advances for improving adenoma detection rates: The changing face of colonoscopy

Dig Liver Dis. 2017 Jul;49(7):721-727. doi: 10.1016/j.dld.2017.03.030. Epub 2017 Apr 9.


Worldwide, colorectal cancer is the third commonest cancer. Over 90% follow an adenoma-to-cancer sequence over many years. Colonoscopy is the gold standard method for cancer screening and early adenoma detection. However, considerable variation exists between endoscopists' detection rates. This review considers the effects of different endoscopic techniques on adenoma detection. Two areas of technological interest were considered: (1) optical technologies and (2) mechanical technologies. Optical solutions, including FICE, NBI, i-SCAN and high definition colonoscopy showed mixed results. In contrast, mechanical advances, such as cap-assisted colonoscopy, FUSE, EndoCuff and G-EYE™, showed promise, with reported detections rates of up to 69%. However, before definitive recommendations can be made for their incorporation into daily practice, further studies and comparison trials are required.

Keywords: Adenoma detection; Colonoscopy; Colorectal cancer screening; Polyp detection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / diagnosis*
  • Colonic Polyps / diagnosis
  • Colonoscopes
  • Colonoscopy / instrumentation
  • Colonoscopy / methods*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Early Detection of Cancer
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic