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Mauna Kea Technologies Announces Highlights of Third International Conference of Cellvizio Users (ICCU)
Date:4/11/2011

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, USA. "When using pCLE to monitor patients with Barrett's esophagus, a condition that is a pre-cursor for esophageal cancer, we're able to effectively diagnose disease which can lead to targeted treatment of pre-cancerous tissue during the endoscopy procedure."

New unpublished data were announced at the meeting, including the results of the company's Cellvizio ERCP registry trial designed to determine pCLE impact on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with biliary strictures. The results of a major study investigating whether pCLE imaging helps physicians confirm that they have eliminated all pre-cancerous cells after performing endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) procedures to remove colon polyps and surrounding tissue were also presented.

Results of both trials and numerous others will be presented publicly at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in Chicago, May 8-10.  To date, DDW has accepted 33 pCLE-related abstracts, including 11, which will be delivered through oral presentations.

Separately, pulmonologists who attended the meeting are planning a white paper to outline image interpretation of pCLE images in the lung, as well as proposed treatment algorithms.

During the meeting, the company also announced that Jayant Talreja, M.D., University of Virginia Medical Center, is the first recipient of the Yang K. Chen Fellowship Research Grant Award. Mauna Kea Technologies established this program to commemorate Pr. Chen's significant contribution to medical practice, notably his important efforts to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with suspected bile duct and pancreatic diseases.

The company has sponsored 24 training courses in the last 12 months and hosts the ICCU annually so that members of the Cellvizio community can come together to share clinical experiences, discuss image interpretation, participate in training and reach consensus on the use of
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