Medtronic won the FDA again authorization for its GI Genius endoscopy technology that can detect suspicious lesions during routine colonoscopy examinations. The system works with any video colonoscope and can even process pre-recorded colonoscopies.
Even highly experienced gastroenterologists can miss a polyp while navigating the colon. Computer vision technology can carefully process all of your video frames to detect any irregularities associated with polyps. According to Medtronic, “the GI Genius module has shown an absolute increase of 14% in SAL [adenoma detection rate] compared to colonoscopy alone for both flat lesions (42% increase) and polyploid lesions (36% increase), thus increasing accuracy and reducing the increase in interval cancers that can occur between colonoscopies ”.
The system simply shows a green box about any suspicion of polyp in a colonoscopy video, allowing the doctor to get closer and see better what is there.
“Every year, more than 19 million screening colonoscopies are performed in the United States. A key factor in colorectal cancer prevention is the integration of cutting-edge technologies in gastroenterological practices to increase detection rates, ”said Dr. James Weber, gastroenterologist and CEO of GI Alliance, in a Medtronic announcement. “The detection of adenomas during colonoscopy is an important quality metric. The addition of AI can increase the quality of colonoscopies, potentially improving the diagnosis and outcomes of patients with colon cancer.
Watch this quick video that demonstrates how impressive the injury recognition system can be:
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