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Basics on Optical Biopsy

What is Optical Biopsy?

Optical Biopsy is the acquisition of microscopic images of a tissue, instantaneously and in a minimally invasive manner, to characterize tissue in vivo, during an endoscopic or surgical procedure*.

Optical Biopsy offers the potential to the physician to take unlimited biopsies and reduce the need for physical biopsies that are more invasive and imply a delay in the interpretation. It also provides the finest information available on a patient condition.

Comparison of optical and physical biopsies

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Note: Those two pictures are not co-localized.

* Examples of the use of Optical Biopsy in endoscopic or surgical procedures are available in the proceedings of the ICCU section and in the list of publications available in the Resources sections.