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Tissue resonance interaction accurately detects colon lesions: a double-blind pilot study

Dore, Maria Pina and Tufano, Onofrio Marcello and Pes, Giovanni Mario and Cuccu, Marianna and Farina, Valentina and Manca, Alessandra and Graham, David Y. (2015) Tissue resonance interaction accurately detects colon lesions: a double-blind pilot study. World Journal of Gastroenterology, Vol. 21 (25), p. 7851-7859. ISSN 1007-9327. Article.

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DOI: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i25.7851


AIM: To investigated the performance of the tissue resonance interaction method (TRIM) for the non-invasive detection of colon lesions.
METHODS: We performed a prospective single-center blinded pilot study of consecutive adults undergoing colonoscopy at the University Hospital in Sassari, Italy. Before patients underwent colonoscopy, they were examined by the TRIMprobe which detects differences in electromagnetic properties between pathological and normal tissues. All patients had completed the polyethylene glycol-containing bowel prep for the colonoscopy procedure before being screened. During the procedure the subjects remained fully dressed. A hand-held probe was moved over the abdomen and variations in electromagnetic signals were recorded for 3 spectral lines (462-465 MHz, 930 MHz, and 1395 MHz). A single investigator, blind to any clinical information, performed the test using the TRIMprob system. Abnormal signals were identified and recorded as malignant or benign (adenoma or hyperplastic polyps). Findings were compared with those from colonoscopy with histologic confirmation. Statistical analysis was performed by χ2 test.
RESULTS: A total of 305 consecutive patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria were enrolled over a period of 12 months. The most frequent indication for colonoscopy was abdominal pain (33%). The TRIMprob was well accepted by all patients; none spontaneously complained about the procedure, and no adverse effects were observed. TRIM proved inaccurate for polyp detection in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and they were excluded leaving 281 subjects (mean age 59 ± 13 years; 107 males). The TRIM detected and accurately characterized all 12 adenocarcinomas and 135/137 polyps (98.5%) including 64 adenomatous (100%) found. The method identified cancers and polyps with 98.7% sensitivity, 96.2% specificity, and 97.5% diagnostic accuracy, compared to colonoscopy and histology analyses. The positive predictive value was 96.7% and the negative predictive value 98.4%. Among the 281 non-IBD subjects, there were 7 cases with discordant results (2.5%) between TRIMprob and the reference standard including 5 false positive results (1.8%) and 2 false negative (0.7%) results. The main limitation of the TRIMprob system is the need for trained operators.
CONCLUSION: The study confirmed that TRIM provides rapid, accurate, convenient and noninvasive means to identify individuals most likely to benefit from colonoscopy.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:11028
Uncontrolled Keywords:Colon cancer screening, bioscanner, non-invasive diagnosis, electromagnetic, resonance
Subjects:Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/12 Biochimica clinica e biologia molecolare clinica
Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/12 Gastroenterologia
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale
Publisher:W J G Press
Copyright Holders:©The Author(s) 2015. Published by Baishideng Publishing Group Inc.
Deposited On:15 Sep 2015 09:32

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