Influence of operator experience and reporting time on the accuracy of esophageal capsule endoscopy screening for varices

Alan Wigg, Jeffrey Bull, Mahinda De Silva, M Jusaitis, Jeyamani Ramachandran, Sam Edwards, Alexander Rodgers, Peter Bampton, Jonathan Martin, Richard Woodman

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    Abstract

    Conflicting data exist concerning the accuracy of esophageal capsule endoscopy (ECE) for the screening of varices. No study has examined the influence of operator factors on the accuracy of ECE reporting. The primary aims of this study were, therefore, to examine how operator experience with esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and operator reporting times of capsule videos influenced test accuracy. Twelve cirrhotic patients presenting for EGD had same-day ECE performed. The gold standard for variceal grade was determined using a panel of experienced endoscopists. Six novice capsule endoscopists, blinded to results of EGD, subsequently reported capsule videos for each of the 12 patients.Novice capsule endoscopists accurately identified high-risk varices. The mean area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for identifying high-risk varices for the six operators was 0.88 ±/-0.14. The mean sensitivity, specificity, positive, and negative predictive values for identifying high-risk varices for the six operators were 83%, 93%, 82%, and 97%, respectively. Years of prior EGD experience were not associated with accuracy of capsule reporting (OR = 0.9, 95% CI [0.74, 1.08]; p = .26). Time spent reporting capsule videos was associated with accuracy of capsule reporting for high-risk varices using British Society of Gastroenterology criteria (OR = 1.33, 95% CI [1.05, 1.08]; p = .018). Novice capsule endoscopists are able to accurately identify high-risk esophageal varices. Time taken to report capsule videos, but not amount of prior EGD experience, influenced capsule report accuracy. These findings may have implications for the design of further trials and the cost-effectiveness of ECE screening of varices.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)303-311
    Number of pages9
    JournalGastroenterology Nursing
    Volume34
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

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