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  • Adjunctive use of Narrow Band Imaging during transurethral resection/vaporization of bladder tumors to aid In identifying mucosal and sub-mucosal hypervascularity

    Diorio J. Gregory, Canter J. Daniel, MD Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    For patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, cystoscopy and transurethral resection/vaporization of the bladder tumor plays an integral role in the treatment of a given patient's bladder cancer. Although considered the current gold standard for tumor detection, traditional or white light cystoscopy has been shown to have its limitations visualizing both small papillary tumors and/or carcinoma in-situ. Current efforts have been directed to closing this gap with data demonstrating that by identifying these previously missed lesions, tumor recurrence and progression rates are reduced, thereby improving patient outcomes. Narrow Band Imaging, which can be used during cystoscopy and transurethral resection/vaporization of bladder tumors, can aid in visualizing mucosal and sub-mucosal hypervascularity--a probable surrogate for malignant lesions--potentially visualizing the boundaries of lesions that may have been missed during white light cystoscopy alone. This technique may produce equivalent visual markers with fewer logistical hurdles than currently available methods. In this article, we detail our technique for the adjunctive use of Narrow Band Imaging during cystoscopy and transurethral resection/vaporization of bladder tumors to aid in visualizing mucosal and sub-mucosal hypervascularity. Although not yet readily adopted, Narrow Band Imaging may be a practical and easy to use adjunct to existing methods in visualizing occult bladder lesions.

    Keywords: bladder cancer, transurethral resection/vaporization of a bladder tumor, Narrow Band Imaging,

    Apr 2015 (Vol. 22, Issue 2, Page 7763)
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