1. Imaging of Mucosal Inflammation: Current Technological Developments, Clinical Implications and Future Perspectives

    Imaging of Mucosal Inflammation: Current Technological Developments, Clinical Implications and Future Perspectives

    In recent years, various technological developments markedly improved imaging of mucosal inflammation in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. Whereas technological developments such as high-definition-, chromo- and autofluorescence-endoscopy led to a more precise and detailed assessment of mucosal inflammation during wide-field endoscopy, probe-based and stationary confocal laser microscopy enabled in vivo real-time microscopic imaging of mucosal surfaces within the gastrointestinal tract. Through the use of fluorochromes with specificity against a defined molecular target combined with endoscopic techniques that allow ultrastructural resolution, molecular imaging enables in vivo visualization of single molecules or receptors during endoscopy. Molecular imaging has therefore greatly expanded the ...

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