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A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial for the Detection of Colon Polyps and Predicting Histology

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Adenomatous Polyp, New Imaging Techniques in Colonoscopy

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Trial Information

A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial for the Detection of Colon Polyps and Predicting Histology

This study is a multi-center randomized controlled trial that will be conducted at the
Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO and The Barnes Jewish Hospital, St Louis, MO.
Patients referred for screening and surveillance colonoscopy will be enrolled. They will be
randomized to one of the following three groups: standard white light colonoscopy,
high-definition white light colonoscopy or NBI.

All colonoscopies will be performed at the Kansas City VA Medical Center and The Barnes
Jewish Hospital, St Louis, MO. Moderate sedation will be administered for the procedure with
intravenous midazolam, demerol or fentanyl and Propofol. In patients randomized to the NBI
arm, the colonoscope will be inserted to the cecum under white light and will switch to NBI
mode at the time of withdrawal. After cecal intubation, the colonic mucosa will be carefully
visualized during withdrawal of the scope with one of the three imaging modalities to which
the patient has been randomized. No effort will be made to look for polyps during the
insertion of the colonoscope. All polyps detected will be documented for their size,
morphology (Polypoid: sessile, pedunculated or Non polypoid: superficially elevated,
completely flat, depressed), and location. The surface of the polyp will be assessed during
the procedure and the histology will be predicted real time by evaluating the surface
mucosal and vascular patterns. The patterns would be classified into one of the four
patterns described in our pilot study (tubular and gyrus patterns will be combined to
tubulogyrus pattern). Any other patterns detected would be described and kept in the
miscellaneous category. If a pattern is not identified on a polyp with either white light or
NBI, it will be recorded as such and no attempts will be made to predict histology. Photo
documentation of the surface patterns of the polyps will be performed. Polyps will then be
removed either with a biopsy forcep or snare and sent for histopathological evaluation. Each
polyp removed will have one or more corresponding picture of its surface patterns and these
will be labeled accordingly. The total time spent in inspecting the colonic mucosa
(excluding the time spent in removal of polyps or clearing the colon of liquid and solid
debris) will be measured with a stop watch. Representative images of the various polyp
patterns will be reviewed, discussed and standardized amongst all the investigators at both
sites. In addition, images of all the polyp patterns will be printed and posted in the
endoscopy suites at both hospitals.

The bowel preparation will be evaluated and graded as follow:

Excellent (score=1) - >90% mucosa seen, mostly liquid colonic contents, minimal suctioning
needed for adequate visualization.

Good (score=2) - >90% of mucosa seen, mostly liquid colonic contents, significant
suctioning needed for adequate visualization Fair (score=3) - > 90% mucosa seen, mixture of
liquid and semisolid colonic contents, could be suctioned and/or washed Inadequate
(score=4) - <90% mucosa seen, mixture of semisolid ands solid colonic contents, which
could not be suctioned or washed

Patients with "Inadequate" (score = 4) bowel prep will be excluded.

Inclusion Criteria

Inclusion criteria:

- referral for screening or surveillance colonoscopy

- the ability to provide informed consent

Exclusion criteria:

- prior surgical resection of any portion of colon

- prior history of colon cancer

- history of inflammatory bowel disease

- use of anti-platelet agents or anticoagulants that precludes removal of polyps during
the procedure

- poor general condition or any other reason to avoid prolonged procedure time

- history of polyposis syndrome or HNPCC

- inability to give informed consent.

- Inadequate bowel preparation

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Diagnostic

Outcome Measure:

The prevalence of adenomas in the three arms of the study.

Outcome Description:

Number of subjects with adenomas in the three arms of the study

Outcome Time Frame:

2 years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Amit Rastogi, MD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Kansas City VA Medical Center


United States: Federal Government

Study ID:




Start Date:

February 2008

Completion Date:

December 2009

Related Keywords:

  • Adenomatous Polyp
  • New Imaging Techniques in Colonoscopy
  • colonoscopy
  • Colonic Polyps
  • Polyps
  • Adenomatous Polyps



Barnes Jewish HospitalSt. Louis, Missouri  63110
Kansas City VA Medical CenterKansas City, Missouri  64128