March 1, 2023

AI may improve colonoscopy accuracy

Editor's Note

Researchers at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London are investigating how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to identify colon polyps that might otherwise get overlooked during colonoscopy.

The AI system works alongside the physician in real time, scanning the colonoscopy video feed and drawing small, red boxes around polyps.

Researchers are using the Mayo Clinic databank of colonoscopy videos to train and test AI algorithms. Currently the researchers are annotating data from 1,000 patients, watching one colonoscopy video after another and marking lesions in every frame, from every angle.

After the images are annotated, they are fed to a computer to generate AI algorithms that enable the machine to learn how to recognize polyps on its own.


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