Medtronic receives Health Canada licence for GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy module with artificial intelligence system for colonoscopy

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Transformative AI System Enhances Colorectal Cancer Detection Capabilities

BRAMPTON, ON, Nov. 30, 2021 /CNW/ - Medtronic Canada ULC, a subsidiary of Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) — the global leader in medical technology — announced it has received a Health Canada licence for the GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy module. GI Genius is a computer-aided detection (CADe) system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to highlight regions of the colon suspected to have visual characteristics consistent with different types of mucosal abnormalities.

GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy module works in real-time, automatically identifying and marking abnormalities consistent with colorectal polyps, including small flat polyps (CNW Group/Medtronic Canada ULC)
GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy module works in real-time, automatically identifying and marking abnormalities consistent with colorectal polyps, including small flat polyps (CNW Group/Medtronic Canada ULC)

Compatible with any colonoscope video, this module can be a powerful tool in the fight against colorectal cancer.

Compatible with any colonoscope video, the module provides physicians with a powerful tool in the fight against colorectal cancer — the third most common form of cancer in Canada with 26,300 cases diagnosed in 2019.i

"More than a million screening colonoscopies are performed in Canada each year. The integration of leading-edge technologies such as AI into gastroenterology practices is very exciting," said Dr. Clarence Wong, section chief, gastroenterology, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Zone. "It could be a key factor in the prevention of colorectal cancer."

The GI Genius module uses advanced AI to highlight the presence of possible precancerous lesions with a visual marker in real-time. The colonoscopy images are processed using advanced algorithms that can identify and mark polyp abnormalities, including those that could otherwise go undetected by the human eye.

Acting as a second observer, the GI Genius module helps increase the adenoma detection rate (ADR). Studies show that every 1% increase in ADR reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 3%.ii,iii The flexibility of this platform means it can be seamlessly integrated into different clinical workflows, enabling clinical decision making, and increasing quality of care by reducing variability.

"Detection of colonic adenomatous polyps during colonoscopy is an important quality metric," said Dr. Wong. "The addition of AI to help improve adenoma detection rates can increase the quality of colonoscopies, potentially improving diagnosis and outcomes for colon cancer patients."

Use of the GI Genius module in studies has resulted in a 14% absolute increase in ADR compared to colonoscopy alone for both flat (42% increase) and polyploid (36% increase) lesions, demonstrating increasing accuracy to help reduce the rise of interval cancers occurring between colonoscopies.iv

"Medtronic is committed to helping to improve outcomes for patients with colon cancer," said Neil Fraser, president of Medtronic Canada. "GI Genius is currently the only colonoscope-agnostic AI platform designed to enhance polyp detection. Simply put, this technology will help save lives by improving colon cancer detection rates."

Medtronic is the exclusive worldwide distributor of the GI Genius module, which was developed and is manufactured by Cosmo Pharmaceuticals.

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