Objective Linked-color imaging (LCI), a new technology for image-enhanced endoscopy, emphasizes the color of the mucosa, and its practicality in the detection of early gastric and colon cancers has been reported. However, whether or not LCI is useful for the diagnosis of Barrett's adenocarcinoma (BA) has been unclear. In this study, we explored whether or not LCI enhances the color difference between a BA lesion and the surrounding mucosa. Methods Twenty-one lesions from 20 consecutive patients with superficial BA who underwent endoscopic submucosal dissection between November 2014 and September 2017 were retrospectively examined. The color differences (δE∗) between the inside and outside of the lesion were evaluated retrospectively using white-light imaging (WLI), blue-light imaging (BLI), and LCI objectively, based on a Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE) lab color system. Furthermore, we compared the morphology, color, and circumferential location of the lesion. Results The median values of the color difference (δE∗) in WLI and BLI were 9.1 and 5.8, respectively, and no difference was observed. In LCI, the median color difference was 17.6, which was higher than that of WLI and BLI. Regardless of the morphology, color, and circumferential location of BA lesions, the color difference was larger in LCI than in WLI. Conclusion LCI increases the color difference between the BA and the surrounding Barrett's mucosa.
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