Artificial intelligence in Endoscopy: experts from 5 continents exchange their views

The most innovative endoscopic procedures will be presented online on the 5th June during `Endoscopy on air´, the course organized by Humanitas University and the UKE University of Hamburg. The latest topics that will be discussed include the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to oncological diagnostics and the tools to prevent infections.

Rozzano, 4th June 20205 continents, 23 cities, 20 thousand registered specialists: these are the numbers behind `Endoscopy on air´, the first live streaming event of such a scale dedicated to Endoscopy, to be held on Friday 5th June.

This international meeting, highly innovative in its approach and content, aims to create a synergy between the clinical skills of Endoscopy specialists and those of AI experts.

The course is directed by Professor Alessandro Repici, Head of Digestive Endoscopy at Humanitas and lecturer at Humanitas University, and Professor Thomas Rösch from the University of Hamburg.

Participants will be able to attend live endoscopic procedures from 23 cities (including Milan, Hamburg, Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, Orlando, Sydney, Indianapolis, Düsseldorf, Shanghai, New York, Hyderabad) to discuss the best diagnostic and therapeutic options within the endoscopy field, an area that is booming due to its non-traumatic nature: endoscopy acts indeed as a real gateway to the body and allows to perform multiple operations without incisions.

The application of AI will be a key topic of the event, with the possibility of attending operations performed with the most advanced systems available today. Humanitas will contribute by providing its expertise in the diagnosis of colorectal cancer enhanced by the use of AI.

“It is scientifically proven – explains Alessandro Repici, lecturer at Humanitas University and director of `Endoscopy on air´ – that the diagnostic improvements thanks to such technology are directly related to the decrease in the colorectal cancer incidence rate. This means an incidence decrease by 1% and a 3-4% improvement in the ability to diagnose this disease early. In our clinical practice we have been able to increase the effectiveness of our diagnoses by 10% thanks to protocols that integrate AI”.

AI is also the reason why new technologies are able to detect polyps more effectively, improve the characterization of colorectal lesions before histological examination and refine the colon cancer screening program.

The future looks towards using disposable instrumentation for endoscopies of the biliary tract, to further prevent infections.

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