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"The method we demonstrated is minimally invasive and can directly assess fibrosis in the intestinal stricture, which has not been demonstrated by conventional medical imaging modalities," said Xu.

The researchers are now working to make the endoscope small enough to pass through the instrument channel of a colonoscope, a flexible fiber-optic instrument used to examine the large intestine. This could provide a surgeon with diagnostic information immediately before treatment without the need for additional procedures.
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