Northwest Health Now Incorporates Artificial Intelligence System for Enhanced Colonoscopy Screenings

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Health & Wellness

Published on October 27, 2021 with No Comments

New Technology Helps Transform Colorectal Cancer Detection

Northwest Health – Porter is the first hospital in Indiana to offer patients receiving a colonoscopy an enhanced screening with the aid of artificial intelligence built into a new endoscopy module. This new module employs artificial intelligence (AI) to help physicians detect polyps—a powerful new ally in the fight against colorectal cancer. 

The advanced AI software highlights suspicious polyps with a visual marker in real time—serving as the gastroenterologist’s ever-vigilant second observer with a sensitivity rate per lesion of 99.7%.1 Studies have shown that AI-assisted colonoscopy can increase polyp detection rates, and every 1% increase in adenoma detection rate reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 3%.2,3 Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer diagnosed in the U.S., with almost 150,000 new cases every year.4

“Northwest Health is focused on meeting the medical needs of the community by providing its expert staff with the latest technologies and procedures. This new technology is the first and only AI system for detection of colonic polyps in the United States and we are proud to offer it to our patients,” said Ashley Dickinson, CEO of Northwest Health. 

This new technology is being used at both Northwest Health – Porter and Northwest Health Center for Digestive Health, located at 2206 Roosevelt Road in Valparaiso. To find a gastroenterologist with Northwest Medical Group visit www.NWMedicalGroup.com. 

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