Feasibility of using optical coherence tomography to detect radiation-induced fibrosis and residual cancer extent after neoadjuvant chemo-radiation therapy: an ex vivo study

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  • External authors:
  • Pouya Jelvehgaran
  • Tanja Alderliesten
  • Giota Georgiou
  • Sybren L. Meijer
  • Paul R. Bloemen
  • Liudmila L. Kodach
  • Hanneke W. M. Van Laarhoven
  • Mark I. Van Berge Henegouwen
  • Maarten C. C. M. Hulshof
  • Coen R. N. Rasch
  • Ton G. Van Leeuwen
  • Johannes F. De Boer
  • Martijn De Bruin


Treatment of resectable esophageal cancer includes neoadjuvant chemo-radiation therapy (nCRT) followed by esophagectomy in operable patients. High-risk surgery may have been avoided in patients with a pathological complete response (pCR). We investigated the feasibility of optical coherence tomography (OCT) to detect residual cancer and radiation-induced fibrosis in 10 esophageal cancer patients that underwent nCRT followed by esophagectomy. We compared our OCT findings with histopathology. Overall, OCT was able to differentiate between healthy tissue, fibrotic tissue, and residual cancer with a sensitivity and specificity of 79% and 67%, respectively. Hence, OCT has the potential to add to the assessment of a pCR.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Issue number9
Early online date14 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018