Introducing WATS3D – what an advanced endoscopy
and 3D imaging means to you.
During an endoscopy, samples of tissue are often collected to help rule out the presence of unhealthy cells. In the past, the collection of these samples was often done in a random manner from a very limited area of the esophagus (see diagram). A recent scientific advance called WATS3D can help doctors collect a sample from a much larger surface area to more effectively rule out the possibility of pre-cancerous disease (see diagram).
Moreover, WATS3D imaging provides a more accurate diagnosis. Standard biopsy samples are cut in thin layers in order to be read by a manual microscope. This limited view of the cells means that potentially important diagnostic information, which is only found on the intact surface of the sample, is missed entirely.
WATS3D labs are equipped with a special neural network which is able to virtually see the whole sample by combining over 100 optical slices into a single 3D image. This unique view of the cell’s original structure provides crucial information to help your doctor rule out the presence of unhealthy cells — earlier and with greater accuracy.
WATS3D is helping to achieve the unimaginable –
preventing esophageal cancer.
The combined medical advances of a larger sampling area and 3D imaging have far-reaching implications for protecting your health. Should pre-cancerous cells be present, they are now much more likely to be detected.
That is the simple story behind a sophisticated technology that is helping to make esophageal cancer a potentially preventable disease. When you think about it, it’s quite extraordinary.