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The London Clinic has become the first UK hospital to employ Medtronic’s GI Genius, which utilises artificial intelligence (AI) to assist in colonoscopy procedures. GI Genius’ use of AI can help to detect colorectal polyps, offering a new solution to help identify lesions and mucosal abnormalities that may indicate colorectal cancer.

GI Genius is the first such system in the world to utilise AI for this end. The device analyses video streaming during colonoscopy, with the AI highlighting, in real time, potentially pre-cancerous lesions with a visual marker.

The device is used as a “second observer” during colonoscopies, something which studies have shown can increase the detection rate of polyps. A 1 per cent increase in the adenoma detection rate reduces the colorectal cancer risk by 3 per cent.

It is hoped that the device can improve diagnosis, as well as the outcomes for colorectal cancer patients.

Dr Rehan Haidry, consultant gastroenterologist at The London Clinic, commented: “We are thrilled to introduce the GI Genius system at The London Clinic. The system represents an important advancement in technology and is a crucial step in the fight against colorectal cancer, supporting both patients and doctors.”

“The technology is incredibly powerful and is proven to be extremely precise in identifying lesions in the colonic mucosa that can be difficult to detect. Some polyps can be very small, and during colonoscopy procedures you are examining the colon, which is five feet long, so it’s vital to be as thorough and diligent as possible.”

“Having a second set of eyes that can pick up the smallest change in real-time means we can focus our attention on the right places, which can be life-saving for patients.”

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