Japanese researchers develop AI system that detects colorectal cancer in less than 1 second

A team of researchers in Japan demonstrated how their endoscopic system uses artificial intelligence to identify polyps during colonoscopy at the 25th United European Gastroenterology Week in Barcelona, Spain, which took place Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, USA Today reports.

During a colonoscopy, the computer-assisted diagnostic system magnifies colorectal polyps to compare their features with those of 30,000 endocytoscopic images. In a study of 300-plus polyps, the system was able to identify, analyze and predict the pathology of a polyp in less than one second with 86 percent accuracy.

"The most remarkable breakthrough with this system is that artificial intelligence enables real-time optical biopsy of colorectal polyps during colonoscopy, regardless of the endoscopists' skill," Dr. Yuichi Mori, lead researcher from Yokohama, Japan-based Showa University, said in a statement.

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