The London Clinic has introduced new artificial intelligence (AI) technology to assist in its colonoscopy procedures.
The GI Genius system was produced by global medical device company Medtronic and uses AI to detect colorectal polyps.
It acts as a second observer during colonoscopies, helping to assist doctors by analysing the video stream, identifying lesions and small mucosal abnormalities that may signal cancer.
Dr Rehan Haidry, consultant gastroenterologist at The London Clinic, said: ‘We are thrilled to introduce the GI Genius system at The London Clinic. The system represents an important advancement in technology and is a crucial step in the fight against colorectal cancer, supporting both patients and doctors.
‘The technology is incredibly powerful and is proven to be extremely precise in identifying lesions in the colonic mucosa that can be difficult to detect. Some polyps can be very small, and during colonoscopy procedures you are examining the colon, which is five feet long, so it’s vital to be as thorough and diligent as possible.
‘Having a second set of eyes that can pick up the smallest change in real-time means we can focus our attention on the right places, which can be life-saving for patients.’
Last month, The London Clinic introduced the da Vinci Xi Surgical System to its Harley Street hospital, a surgical robot designed to mimic a surgeon’s hand and wrist movements for improved accuracy.