What is WATS 3D Biopsy?
WATS 3D is a computer assisted biopsy of the esophagus, which allows for a wider and deeper collection area of cells. This method has been found to greatly increase the detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous cells in the esophagus, such as with Barrett’s esophagus. Our doctors use this method to collect the cells, and then the cells are analyzed by the WATS 3D computer. This computer is able to see the whole sample by combining over 100 slices and then forming one single 3D image. This 3D view of the cell’s original structure allows the doctor to rule out the presence of unhealthy cells sooner and more accurately. The images of the cells are then reviewed by a specially trained pathologist, and then if there are any abnormal findings, the doctor will be notified. Blair Gastroenterology Associates specializes in endoscopic procedures and would be happy to accommodate your need for this type of testing. Please be sure to contact our office or speak to your primary care doctor today about referring you to one of our specialists.