Background: Previously, we reported that most gastrointestinal tumors could be distinguished with the Light-Induced Fluorescence Endoscopy for GastroIntestine system (LIFE-GI system) using a fiberscope. However, the quality of the fiberscopic images was inferior compared with videoscopic images. Therefore, we developed a new Auto-Fluorescence Imaging (AFI) videoscope system (manufactured by Olympus Corp.).
Methods: We evaluated the clinical usefulness of the AFI videoscope system for the detection of colonic neoplasms. Using this system, we observed 168 colonic polyps.
Results: Images obtained by AFI provided better brightness than autofluorescence fiberscopic images and lesion margins were clearly evident. It demonstrated excellent recognition capability to a small lesion that was difficult to be detected by conventional observation. Sensitivity was 89% and specificity 81%, with specificity higher than that of the autofluorescence fiberscopic images.
Conclusions: This newly developed AFI videoscope system will be useful for the detection of colonic neoplasms.