YOUR HEALTH: AI detecting more deadly polyps than ever before

Now doctors are using AI to help detect cancerous polyps.
Published: May. 22, 2023 at 5:07 AM CDT|Updated: May. 22, 2023 at 6:12 AM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Ivanhoe Newswire) - Artificial Intelligence or AI is transforming the field of medicine … becoming part of everything from diagnosis to treatment to research. It gathers vast amounts of medical data to identify patterns, such as which cancers will respond to which treatments better, or which hip replacement will work best for your body type. And now, AI is working to make colonoscopies better than ever before.

106 thousand people will be diagnosed with colon cancer this year. More than 52 thousand will die from it. The best way to protect yourself, a colonoscopy.

Now doctors are using AI to help detect cancerous polyps.

Nate Merriman, MD Gastroenterologist at Intermountain Health says, “GI genius is an artificial intelligence technology that pulls from a pool of about 13 million pictures of polyps in real time and helps to identify high risk tissue in the colon during the procedure.”

GI genius works in tandem with the traditional colonoscopy. As the endoscopist examines the colon, the GI genius analyzes the images captured during the procedure to help identify suspicious spots.

Doctor Merriman explains, “It puts a green box around the area as a whole that could have a polyp tissue in it. So, you can, in some ways, even see around corners or folds where you see a corner of the polyp.”

A recent study found that the GI genus scan showed a 14 percent increase in the detection rate for each physician. In the Intermountain Health System, Gastroenterologist Nate Merriman says it could save as many as 18 lives every year.

Doctor Merriman says, “That’s significant over just five centers. You imagine how many colonoscopy centers we have in the country, how many patients we could save with this.”

Doctors agree early detection is the most important thing they can do to prevent colon cancer and death. It costs up to 250 thousand dollars to treat a patient once diagnosed with later stage colon cancer.

Click here to report a typo.