New Optical Imaging Technologies for Bladder Cancer: Considerations and Perspectives
The Journal of Urology, 07/11/2012
Liu JJ et al. – New optical imaging technologies may improve bladder cancer detection and characterization, and transurethral resection quality. While data on photodynamic diagnosis are strongest, the clinical effectiveness of these technologies is not proven. Prospective studies are needed, particularly of narrow band imaging, confocal laser endomicroscopy and optical coherence tomography. As each technology matures and new ones emerge, cost–effectiveness analysis must be addressed in the context of the various bladder cancer types.