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Evaluation of Barrett Esophagus by Multiphoton Microscopy.

Barrett esophagus (BE) is the condition in which metaplastic columnar epithelium replaces the normal stratified squamous epithelium that usually lines the distal esophagus. (1,2) Barrett esophagus predisposes a patient to esophageal adenocarcinoma, a tumor with increasing incidence and high mortality; thus, the early diagnosis of BE is important. (3-6) Patients with BE have a 30-fold to 125-fold increased risk for esophageal adenocarcinoma compared with the general population. (7) A proposed strategy for diagnosing BE in clinic is to use endoscopy to screen patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease. (8,9) Meta-analyses estimate that the incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma among individuals with BE is 7 per 1000 (range, 6-9) person-years' duration of follow-up, with no detectable geographic variation. (10) The overall 5-year survival rates of adenocarcinoma in the distal esophagus are 14% for stage III and 0% for stage IV disease but are 81% for stage I and 51% for stage II. (5) At the same time, patients with BE have an increased risk of mortality, and much of that excess risk is from causes of death other than esophageal adenocarcinoma, such as bronchopneumonia and ischemic heart disease. (11)

The spatial resolution of available, modern endoscopic techniques, such as white-light endoscopy, magnification endoscopy, chromoendoscopy, narrow-band imaging, and trimodal imaging, cannot reach cellular and subcellular levels, although some of these techniques permit or improve visualization of both vascular and glandular patterns. (12,13) Confocal laser endomicroscopy is a newly developed tool that allows in vivo, microscopic, histologic analysis of the mucosal layer in real-time during endoscopy. (14-16) Barrett esophagus, as well as Barrett-associated neoplastic changes, can be diagnosed with high accuracy with confocal laser microscopy. (17-20) However, this technique requires exogenous fluorescent contrast agents to increase imaging contrast because the natural fluorescence of the gastrointestinal mucosa is not intense enough to allow detailed microscopic imaging. Moreover, confocal imaging of gastrointestinal mucosa using fluorescein does not specifically label the cell nucleus or other features that are important for identification of dysplasia. The contrast agent also brings an additional, albeit small, risk to the endoscopic procedure. (21) An additional minor concern is that patients who receive fluorescein will have yellow skin, eyes, and urine for several hours after the procedure. These considerations are limitations to its clinic application. (15,22) Optical coherence tomography is another technique that has been used to create 3-dimesional images of tissues and could be potentially combined with confocal microscopy for a variety of clinical applications. (23-25) These techniques have been applied to detect intestinal metaplasia in BE, and dysplastic changes and inflammation in intestinal tissues. (26-28)

Multiphoton microscopy (MPM), using a near-infrared, femtosecond-pulsed laser as a light source, has the potential to overcome the limitations of confocal fluorescence microscopy while retaining its merits. (29,30) The observation of unfixed, unstained samples based on 2 photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) and second-harmonic generation (SHG) is an emerging application. (25) Combined TPEF and SHG imaging allows simultaneous visualization of cellular species and extracellular matrix components without the need for exogenous contrast agents. Particularly effective, TPEF imaging of cellular reduced pyridine nucleotides and flavin adenine dinucleotide makes the nonfluorescent nuclei in a MPM image easily discernable. (31) The resolution with the technique approaches 400 nm in the lateral direction and 1000 nm in the axial direction. (23) Although MPM has been widely applied to diagnose pathologic tissues, such as skin aging, liver fibrosis, basal cell carcinoma, cervical cancer, gastric cancer, squamous carcinoma, and colonic adenoma, (32-37) diagnosis of BE with this technique has not been addressed. In this study, our goals were to (1) define the MPM characteristics of normal esophageal squamous mucosa and gastric columnar mucosa, and (2) evaluate whether diagnosis of intestinal metaplasia/BE could be made reliably with MPM.



Twenty-five patients who underwent routine upper endoscopy between October 2010 and May 2011 were recruited to participate in this study at Yale-New Haven Hospital (New Haven, Connecticut). Written, informed consent was obtained from all study participants, and the study was reviewed and approved by the Yale University Human Investigations Committee. Standard biopsy forceps were used to obtain mucosal pinch-biopsy specimens from areas of esophagus, gastroesophageal junction (GEJ), and gastric cardia. The tissue was stored in ice-cold normal saline between the time it was procured and the time it was imaged. All biopsy specimens were placed in glass bottom culture dishes (MatTek, Ashland, Massachusetts) with cover-glass (0.085-0.13 mm) for MPM imaging, without any mounting medium because fluids, such as lubricants that have a refractive index that differs significantly from that of water, can potentially reduce spatial resolution. Multiphoton microscopy images were collected within 4 hours of specimen collection to avoid structural degradation of the specimen. No dyes, labels, or probes of any types were used. After obtaining MPM images, the biopsy specimens were placed in 10% buffered formalin and submitted for routine histopathologic examination. Based on morphologic features, diagnoses were made independently based on MPM imaging and histopathologic slides stained with hematoxylineosin (H&E), and then, they were compared. In cases of discrepancies, multiple serial sections were obtained at 4-[micro]m intervals, and entire tissues blocks were exhausted. During endoscopy, the following biopsy specimens were obtained: 10 from normal esophagus in 6 of 25 patients (24%), 10 from areas of reflux esophagitis in 6 of 25 patients (24%), 13 from areas suspicious for BE in 6 of 25 patients (24%), and 11 from normal gastric mucosa in 7 of 25 patients (28%). The histologic and MPM samples were analyzed and classified blindly and separately without knowledge of the endoscopic findings. The diagnosis of BE was made when columnar-appearing mucosa by endoscopic exam was identified extending more than 2 cm above the GEJ and the presence of intestinal metaplasia (goblet cells) was demonstrated on histologic or MPM exam of biopsies from that region.

Multiphoton Microscopy

The multiphoton microscopic images were acquired using a Zeiss LSM 710 Duo microscope (Carl Zeiss, Thornwood, New York) coupled to a Spectra-Physics Tsunami Ti:Sapphire laser with a Millennia X Argon pump laser (Spectra-Physics, Mountain View, California) for multiphoton excitation. The intrinsic fluorescent components of cells in specimens were excited at 735 nm, and collagen and elastin were excited at 800 nm. (31) For high-resolution imaging, a high-numeric aperture, water immersion objective (C-Apochromat x40, 1.20-NA) was employed in all experiments for focusing the excitation beam into tissue samples and was also used to collect the backscattered intrinsic TPEF/ SHG signals. Each channel in the internal detector covers a spectral width of 369 nm, ranging from 371 to 740 nm, and the selection of detecting wavelength range depends on the collected TPEF/SHG signals. The data files were recorded as serial optical sections, each consisting of 512 x 512 pixels, pseudocolored and overlayed to distinguish between the separate emission channels, and saved in tagged image file format (TIFF) files. The images were viewed on a monitor with a resolution of ~0.25 [micro]/pixel. In our experiments, TPEF and SHG signals were collected between 420 and 680 nm (pseudocolored green) and between 390 and 410 nm (pseudocolored blue), respectively. The images were obtained at a rate of 2.55 [micro]s/pixel, and all images had a 16-bit pixel depth. Pseudocoloring and overlaying of the emission channels were performed with Adobe Photoshop (Version 7.0, Adobe, San Jose, California); however, no other manipulation of the images was involved.


Specimen Types

Overall, squamous epithelium was identified in 27 of 35 biopsies (77%), gastric type columnar epithelium (cardia/ fundic type) was identified in 21 of 35 biopsies (60%), and metaplastic columnar epithelium with goblet cells was identified in 7 of 35 biopsies (20%) (Table 1). Of the 35 total biopsies, 14 (40%) showed only squamous epithelium, 13 (37%) showed both squamous and gastric columnar junctional mucosa, and 8 (23%) showed gastric type columnar epithelium only. Cells compatible with polymorphonuclear leukocytes (neutrophils or eosinophils) were identified in 3 of 35 biopsies (9%) on MPM imaging in the squamous mucosa, compatible with a diagnosis of reflux esophagitis. These findings were correlated with histopathologic sections, of which 5 of 35 specimens (14%) showed evidence of reflux esophagitis. Intestinal metaplasia was not identified in any of those cases. In biopsies from columnar mucosa at least 2 cm above the GEJ with clinically suspected BE, goblet cells were identified in a total of 10 of 35 cases (29%) on MPM imaging and in only 7 cases (20%) by standard histopathology (Tables 1 and 2). Despite completely exhausting the entire tissue blocks in 3 cases of discrepant results, no goblet cells were identified on paraffin-embedded sections. The characteristics of each epithelium and cell type are described below.

MPM Images of Normal Esophageal Epithelium and Reflux Esophagitis

In serial, cross-sectional MPM images, normal esophageal mucosa revealed several characteristics of stratified squamous epithelium of the nonkeratinizing type. Individual squamous cells and the intercellular spaces between individual cells, as well as centrally located nuclei with regular borders, could be readily identified (Figure 1, A). The basal cells were identified in the bottom layers of the squamous epithelium as smaller cells with larger nuclei. The connective tissue papillae (rete pegs), which are formed by invaginations of the lamina propria into the squamous epithelium, were clearly visible in the MPM images. These details correlate with the corresponding H&E light-microscopic images (Figure 1, B). In the epithelium with features of reflux esophagitis, the height of connective tissue papillae was increased, and they appeared to be more prominent because of edema and vascular congestion (Figure 2, A). Occasional polymorphonuclear inflammatory cells could be seen infiltrating into the squamous epithelium as brightly fluorescent cells, although neutrophils could not be distinguished from eosinophils. The corresponding H&E image shows the presence of inflammatory cells in the biopsy (Figure 2, B). Intraepithelial lymphocytes that are normally present in the squamous epithelial cells were not visualized in the MPM images. The collagen fibers from the lamina propria were detected by SHG imaging of collagen, accurately indicating the central position of the papillae. Squamous epithelium was identified in 27 of 35 biopsy specimens (77%) by MPM imaging and showed perfect correlation with routine histology. Features of reflux esophagitis were seen in 5 of 35 biopsy specimens (14%) on routine histology and on only 3 biopsy specimens (9%) with MPM imaging. All polymorphonuclear leukocytes were apparently not equally fluorescent on MPM imaging, leading to that discrepancy.

MPM Images of Normal Gastric Cardia and Fundic Mucosa

In contrast to the squamous epithelium of the esophagus, the gastric cardia exhibits architecture typical of columnar epithelium. At the upper part of the mucosal layer ([less than or equal to] 60 [micro]m), MPM images of cardiac mucosa displayed columnar foveolar gastric mucous neck cells with approximately uniform size and shape (Figure 3, A and B). The round luminal openings with regular basal borders were clearly visible. The mucin of mucosal cells exhibited no TPEF fluorescence and, therefore, showed a dark pattern in MPM images. The nuclei of mucous cells surrounded the glandular opening and so were arranged along the basal surface of the cells. Therefore, these cells could be characterized by their shape, the density of the mucin, and the location of the nucleus, which was barely visible at the bottom of the cell. The other elements of the fundic glands, parietal and chief cells, were present in variable numbers in the cardia-type mucosa. These cells were more numerous in the fundic mucosa, where the glands were more tubular and had shorter foveolae. The parietal cells were brighter with central nuclei and appeared distinct from the chief cells. The corresponding H&E light-microscopic images showed the morphology of the chief and parietal cells in each gastric gland (Figure 3, C and D). Gastric cardia and fundic-type mucosa were identified in 21 of 35 biopsies (60%) and showed perfect correlation between MPM images and routine histology.

Barrett Esophagus

In this study, diagnosis of BE was made using established criteria; the presence of metaplastic intestinal mucosa with goblet cells 2 cm above the GEJ. Although the information regarding the location of the biopsy was provided by the endoscopist, the identification of the goblet cells was made on morphologic examination of the tissues. (38,39) The MPM images revealed the upper part of the mucosa ([less than or equal to] 60 [micro]m) as an undulating surface in BE (Figure 4, A). The intestinal-type goblet cells were recognized on MPM images as distinctive, flask-shaped cells containing markedly nonfluorescent mucin, which was even darker than the mucin of the adjacent gastric foveolar cells. These were readily identifiable in the MPM images, even when only a single cell was present in the entire gland or field of view. Although mucin in gastric foveolar mucous neck cells also has less fluorescent signal, it consists of many small round mucin vacuoles, which are less dark than mucin vacuoles of goblet cells. These features help to accurately identify goblet cells in BE. These observations are consistent with the morphology of goblet cells identified on corresponding H&E light-microscopic images (Figure 4, B). The nuclei of gastric foveolar mucous neck cells and goblet cells were uniformly and linearly arranged along the basement membrane and appeared as dark empty spaces. However, the morphology of the nuclei was difficult to evaluate. This is important because it forms the basis of identifying dysplasia in BE. Goblet cells were identified in 10 of 35 biopsies (29%) on MPM images, whereas they were identified on 7 of 35 biopsies (20%) on routine histology (Table 2). The number of cases in this proof-of-principle study was too small to perform any statistical analysis, but MPM imaging seemed roughly comparable in identifying BE relative to routine biopsy, which is considered the gold standard.

MPM Features of the Connective Tissue Stroma and Inflammatory Cells

There are often changes in the underlying connective tissue stroma in BE. The connective tissue details were appreciated only in a limited number of samples, and the reasons for that discrepancy were unclear. The thickness of the tissues and the metabolic state of the cellular elements may be responsible for the apparent variability among specimens. In some biopsies, a considerable amount of fluorescent material was noted just beneath the surface columnar epithelium, which likely correlated with lipofuscin present in macrophages, which is known to be autofluorescent (Figures 3 and 4). The vascular endothelium, collagen, and elastic fibers and inflammatory cells were not visualized with significant details in most cases. In some biopsies (n = 3; 9%) the collagen bundles in the lamina propria of BE showed the mixture of green and blue color instead of single blue color, coded because of its comparable SHG and TPEF signal yields at the same order of magnitude (Figure 3). The corresponding H&E light-microscopic image showed the same architecture of the collagen fiber (Figure 3, D). The collagen fibers between the glands in the lamina propria could also be visualized. At the deeper part of the mucosa (>60 [micro]m), the collagen fiber mesh separated individual gastric glands (Figure 3, A). A thin band surrounding individual glands readily indicated the position of the basement membrane. These observations are consistent with the findings on corresponding H&E light-microscopic images (Figure 3, B). The MPM was also capable of revealing the microvasculature of connective tissue stroma in the lamina propria layer, but it could not be seen well enough in most of our samples, which may be related to the thickness of the tissues.


The currently accepted definition of BE is based on the histologic detection of specialized columnar epithelium with goblet cells in the lower esophagus. The diagnosis of the classic long segment of BE requires the presence of intestinal metaplasia more than 2 cm above the GEJ, whereas its presence within 2 cm or at the GEJ only is considered "short-segment" and "ultrashort-segment" BE, respectively. Although the definition of BE has evolved during the years and continues to be controversial, the key element appears to be the presence of metaplastic epithelium in the lower esophagus. Detection of that metaplastic epithelium and its evaluation over time with periodic endoscopic examination and biopsies are the underpinning of surveillance programs for distal esophageal and gastroesophageal adenocarcinomas. However, one of the biggest limitations of these surveillance programs is the inability to localize the metaplastic epithelium on endoscopy because biopsies are often taken randomly according to standard protocols. The chances of sampling errors with this approach are known, and indeed, the incidence of distal esophageal and GEJ cancer continues to rise in Western countries, despite increased surveillance for BE and more endoscopies being performed for various other reasons. This clearly highlights potential limitations of the current endoscopic techniques. There are at least 3 limitations to the current way of making a diagnosis of BE with biopsies: (1) taking biopsies of suspicious-appearing mucosa based on routine white-light endoscopy has sampling-error problems; (2) from the biopsies that are obtained, usually a very limited number of sections (10-15) are cut and, therefore, only a limited portion of the tissue is actually examined by the pathologist, leading to further sampling errors, and even when serial sections are studied, there is considerable tissue wastage and some amount of tissue always remains unexamined; and (3) on histology, the identification of goblet cells can sometimes be problematic. Thus, the need for better methods for identification of cellular details in vivo is obvious for both sampling and diagnostic purposes. The ability to allow the endoscopist to easily identify both the squamocolumnar and GEJ at the level of histologic resolution may result in more reliable identification of metaplastic epithelium, better sampling of mucosa with biopsies, and possibly, earlier diagnosis of neoplasia. Hence, that may improve our ability to reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with distal esophageal and GEJ cancers.

Many endoscopic techniques for examining the esophagus have been developed in recent years, some of which are already in clinical practice or in clinical trials. These include narrow band imaging, optical coherence tomography, and confocal laser endomicroscopy. Although narrow band imaging has some advantages over standard white-light endoscopy in appreciating mucosal details, it does not provide details at the cellular level. Although confocal endomicroscopy provides resolution at the cellular level, MPM has apparent advantages over confocal imaging in visualizing cells within thick tissues and for imaging in vivo. (29,30) MPM imaging not only provides visualization of structures within intact tissues at high resolution but also provides subcellular structural details up to a depth of 300 [micro]m to 1 mm, depending on the power of the pump laser. In endoscopic biopsies from the gastrointestinal tract, this allows evaluation of changes throughout the depth of the mucosa, which for various inflammatory, preneoplastic, and early neoplastic disorders is most critical. More recently, multiphoton endoscopy has been exploited for preclinical and clinical applications. (40-44) Key challenges for the design considerations focus on the efficient delivery of excitation beam and nonlinear optical signals, the miniaturization of laser-scanning mechanisms, and the flexibility and compactness of a multiphoton probe. Recently, Engelbrecht et al (45) devised a novel, ultracompact 2-photon microscope and performed functional calcium imaging in vivo in Purkinje cells of rat cerebellum. Their microscope consisted of a hollow-core photonic crystal fiber for efficient delivery of near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses, a spiral fiber-scanner for resonant beam steering, and a gradient-index lens system for fluorescence excitation, dichroic beam splitting, and signal collection. Based on a double-clad photonic crystal fiber and a 2-dimensional microelectromechanical system scanner, Fu et al (46) demonstrated the feasibility of nonlinear optical endoscopy that aims at in vivo 3-dimensional imaging in deep tissue through 3dimensional, high-resolution imaging from in vitro internal organs and cancer tissues. To increase scanning speed, Tang et al (47) introduced an electrostatic microelectromechanical system scanner in their endoscopic MPM system and found that design of a multiphoton probe with a collimation and a focusing lens would provide optimum imaging performance and packaging flexibility. Myaing et al (48) used a tubular piezoelectric actuator for achieving 2-dimensional beam scanning and a double-clad fiber for delivery of the excitation light and collection of 2-photon fluorescence to perform real-time imaging of fluorescent beads and cancer cells. These studies provide new impetus toward developing the multiphoton microscopy concept for endoscopic applications.

In this study, we show that imaging with MPM can accurately identify normal squamous esophageal mucosa, normal gastric (cardia/fundic) mucosa, and BE at a resolution comparable to histopathologic examination. Here, we have described the MPM characteristics of squamous and gastric mucosa, reflux esophagitis, and intestinal metaplasia. Based on effective TPEF of cellular nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate and flavin adenine dinucleotide and the lack of TPEF of mucin and cellular nuclei, MPM can easily identify different types of cells, such as squamous epithelial cells, goblet cells, foveolar gastric mucous neck cells, parietal cells, and chief cells. The nonfluorescent mucin in goblet cells displays a very dark pattern with a distinctive, flask-shape in MPM image, which makes it readily identifiable. This can lead to highly targeted sampling of the distal esophagus for not only the diagnosis of BE but also for the histologic evaluation of dysplasia. This was highlighted in 3 of our 35 biopsies (9%), where intestinal metaplasia was identified only with MPM imaging, whereas it was not seen on routine histology, despite serial sectioning of the entire tissue blocks. The number of goblet cells seen on MPM imaging was few and focal in those 3 cases. There is some tissue wastage, even with the most meticulous serial sectioning, and that is a possible explanation for missing the few goblet cells on routine histology in these cases. Thus, our limited observations suggest that MPM imaging can detect even isolated goblet cells, which either required multiple levels on tissue blocks or, in some cases, were completely missed by conventional step sections. Larger and more careful series may help discern the relative diagnostic value of MPM imaging compared with standard histologic examination, which is currently the gold standard. We did not have any cases of dysplasia in our small series, with only 10 of 25 BE cases (40%), but because of the limited nuclear details that were visualized with MPM imaging in this study, this aspect needs further evaluation. However, the boundaries of individual cells and nuclei were clearly revealed in MPM images. It would be straightforward to evaluate the nuclear to cytoplasmic ratio of most of these cells. Because both cytologic and architectural features are important for recognition and grading of dysplasia, MPM imaging has the potential to identify dysplasia and, possibly, early cancer. (49) The 3-dimentional reconstruction of mucosal architecture using specialized software could allow improved identification and characterization of dysplastic changes.

Based on effective TPEF of elastin and SHG of collagen, connective tissue in the lamina propria and the position of the basement membrane could be visualized in MPM images. Changes of basement membrane shape and density are usually associated with invasion of malignant cells and changes in the stroma are thought to be important in the development and progression of neoplasia. (36-39,49,50) In particular, MPM can provide images as deep as 1 mm by use of a Ti:[Al.sub.2][O.sub.3] regenerative amplifier. (51) In our study, visualization of stromal tissues was variable among different biopsies. In some biopsies, the stroma was well visualized along with inflammatory cells, whereas in others, the details were less clear. The reasons for this variability are unclear and need further evaluation. However, our findings suggest that MPM imaging has the potential to evaluate stromal changes associated with BE as well as with invasive adenocarcinoma in vivo.

One potential issue that needs to be addressed is the correlation between in vivo appearance of tissue and ex vivo appearance, which can be different. In fact, even the ex vivo appearance of fixed and unfixed specimens can differ. In a prior study,` MPM imaging of fresh, unfixed gastric mucosal biopsies revealed that gastric glands were not actually packed together as closely as they appear in formalin-fixed, H&E-stained specimens. The tissue vasculature with blood flow is likely to have some effect during in vivo imaging, which is difficult to evaluate ex vivo. Animal studies using MPM imaging have similarly shown that there can be differences between the in vivo and ex vivo appearance of tissues (such as brain and lymph nodes). (52,53) There is no method currently available, to our knowledge, to perform MPM imaging of the human gastrointestinal tract in vivo, so we are not yet able to determine the ways in which the esophageal mucosa changes appearance ex vivo. Another related issue is tissue degradation once it is removed from the body. Ultrastructural changes at the subcellular level start immediately after tissues are removed from the body, but it probably takes longer for light-microscopic changes to appear. Although we set a cut-off of 4 hours, based on the previous study, (37) most of the tissues were imaged within 1 hour of procurement. The MPM images of endoscopic biopsies that are stored in this fashion and obtained within this interval do not undergo any visible degradation, as shown in the previous study. (37) In this study, because we examined the same tissues by routine histology afterward, we can further confirm that there were no light-microscopic alterations identified when tissues were processed within 4 hours.

In conclusion, MPM has the ability to distinguish among the various types of tissues encountered at or around the GEJ at the level of histologic resolution and thus may help in the diagnosis of BE. Multiphoton microscopy imaging is a highly specific and sensitive method for the diagnosis of BE. In our limited study, MPM appeared superior to routine histology because it detected 3 cases of BE that were missed on standard H&E sections. This technology, however, appears to have some limitations (Table 3) that need further evaluation, as discussed above. Thus, in vivo diagnosis of BE tissue using MPM might lead to improved screening and surveillance of patients with BE. Moreover, this approach has the potential for a role not only in the diagnosis and monitoring of BE but also in real-time delineation of mucosal areas of concern during various ablative procedures for early neoplasia.

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This study was supported by grant 30970783 from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, grant IRT1115 from the Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University, and grants DK34989, DK57751, DK45710, and DK61747 from the National Institutes of Health. We thank Anish A. Sheth, MD, and Uzma D. Siddiqui, MD, for providing the biopsy samples from the patients.


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Serena Wong, MD; Michael H. Nathanson, MD, PhD; Jianxin Chen, PhD; Dhanpat Jain, MD

Accepted for publication May 2, 2013.

From the Departments of Pathology (Drs Wong and Jain) and the Section of Digestive Diseases (Dr Nathanson), Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut; and the Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory for Photonics Technology, Key Laboratory of OptoElectronic Science and Technology for Medicine of Ministry of Education, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China (Dr Chen). Dr Chen is now a visiting scientist at Yale University.

The authors have no relevant financial interest in the products or companies described in this article.

Reprints: Dhanpat Jain, MD, Department of Pathology, Yale University School of Medicine, 310 Cedar St, PO Box 208023, New Haven, CT 06520-8023 (e-mail:

Caption: Figure 1. Normal esophageal squamous epithelium. A, Multiphoton microscopy image shows architecture of typical squamous epithelium with a single papilla in normal esophagus. B, The corresponding light-microscopic image shows the same feature (hematoxylin-eosin, original magnification, x400).

Caption: Figure 2. Reflux esophagitis. A, Multiphoton microscopy image shows obviously more papillae; however, intraepithelial inflammatory cells are difficult to identify. B, The corresponding light-microscopic image shows the squamous epithelium with intraepithelial neutrophils and lymphocytes (hematoxylin-eosin, original magnification x400).

Caption: Figure 3. Normal gastric epithelium. A, Multiphoton microscopy image shows architecture of typical columnar epithelium in gastric cardia with gastric glands ([less than or equal to] 60 m depth). B, The corresponding light-microscopic images confirm the above features. C, Multiphoton microscopy reveals individual gastric oxyntic glands that are separated by a mesh of collagen fibers at the deeper part of the mucosal layer ([greater than or equal to] 60 m depth) D, The corresponding light-microscopic image shows there are chief cells and parietal cells in each gastric gland (hematoxylin-eosin, original magnifications x400 [B and D]).

Caption: Figure 4. Barrett esophagus without dysplasia at the upper part of the mucosal layer. A, Multiphoton microscopy image shows the specialized columnar epithelium with appearance of goblet cells in Barrett esophagus ([less than or equal to] 60 m depth). B, The corresponding light-microscopic image confirms the above features (hematoxylin-eosin, original magnification x400).
Table 1. Correlation of Multiphoton Microscopy and Histopathologic
Findings in Biopsies From Different Sites

Location of Biopsy       Histologic Findings, No. (%)

Distal               Squamous mucosa without significant
esophagus,             abnormalities, 9 (64)
n = 14               Reflux esophagitis with eosinophils,
                       5 (36)

Gastroesophageal     Squamocolumnar junction with mild
junction,              chronic inflammation, 6 (46)
n = 13
                     Focal intestinal metaplasia present,
                       4 (31)
                     Marked intestinal metaplasia
                       present, 3 (23)

Gastric cardia,      Chronic inflammation with reactive
n = 2                  changes, 2 (100)

Gastric fundus,      Gastric mucosa without significant
n = 6                  abnormalities, 4 (67)
                     Gastric mucosa with mild
                       chronic inflammation, 2 (33)

Location of Biopsy      Multiphoton Microscopy Findings

Distal               Normal squamous epithelium, 9 (64)
n = 14               Squamous mucosa with possible
                       inflammatory cells, 3 (21)
                     Squamous mucosa with
                       prominent papilla and no
                       inflammatory cells, 2 (14)

Gastroesophageal     Gastric columnar cells;no goblet
junction,              cells present, 2 (15)
n = 13               Squamous epithelium only, 1 (8)
                     Scattered goblet cells identified, 7
                     Numerous goblet cells identified, 3

Gastric cardia,      Gastric columnar cells; no goblet
n = 2                  cells present, 2 (100)

Gastric fundus,      Gastric columnar cells identified, 6
n = 6                  (100)

Location of Biopsy   Correlation,
                       No. (%)

Distal               12 (86)
n = 14

Gastroesophageal     10 (77)
n = 13

Gastric cardia,      2 (100)
n = 2

Gastric fundus,      6 (100)
n = 6

Table 2. Comparison of Multiphoton Microscopy
and Histopathology in the Detection of Intestinal

                    Cases of BE       Cases of BE
                    Determined        Determined
                  by MPM, No. (%)   by HPE, No. (%)

Positive for IM     10 (100)           7 (70)
Negative for IM      0 (0)             3 (30)
Total BE            10                10

Abbreviations: BE, Barrett esophagus; HPE, histopathologic
examination; IM, intestinal metaplasia; MPM, multiphoton microscopy.

Table 3. Comparison of Various Features Detected With Multiphoton
Microscopy Imaging and Histology

Features That Correlate Well      Features That Do Not Correlate Well
Between MPM and Histology         Between MPM and Histology

Squamous epithelium               Presence of inflammatory cells
Gastric glands (gastric cardia    Details of connective tissue stroma
  and oxyntic mucosa)
Presence of goblet cells          Nuclear details
Esophageal papillae
Delineation of stroma
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