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Lasers Can Peer Through Intestine Walls, Spot I-B-D

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Published on Sep 3, 2013

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) August 2013 -- A tiny blue laser beam could mean big changes in the way patients with irritable bowel disease (IBD) are treated in the future. Right now, doctors might perform dozens of biopsies a year on the intestines of an IBD patient in an effort to better manage their disease. Not only is that time-consuming, it's expensive. Treating IBD costs more than a billion dollars a year in the U.S.
But the use of a powerful new laser is making that process much more efficient.
Simply by touching the laser to the wall of the intestine, doctors can magnify tissue one thousand times. Then, in real-time, can determine if an area truly needs to be biopsied.
"It's as if you're navigating a tiny microscope throughout the body," said Razvan Arsenescu, MD, PhD, medical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "You can actually get a sense of the area and focus the biopsies where the answer might be, instead of just relying on a random test," he said.

For more information, visit http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/Pages/in...

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