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Researchers Develop Novel Approach to Capture Hard-To-View Portion of Colon in 3D

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Credit: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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In a groundbreaking discovery, researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) developed a new imaging method that allows scientists to view the enteric nervous system (ENS) - a key part of the human colon—in three dimensions by making other colon cells that normally block it invisible. The ENS has previously only been visible in thin tissue slices that provide limited clinical information. The findings were published online today in the journal Gastroenterology.

The ENS regulates many key functions of the bowel, such as the movement of food and nutrients, secretion of ...