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JANUARY 10, 2023 Director of Operations
Albany Gastroenterology Consultants Now Incorporates Artificial Intelligence System for Enhanced Colonoscopy Screenings
The GI Genius™ Intelligent Endoscopy Module Helps Transform Colorectal Cancer Detection
Albany, NY – January 10, 2023 — Albany Gastroenterology Consultants today announced that it is now offering patients receiving a colonoscopy enhanced screening with the aid of GI GeniusTM intelligent endoscopy module. The GI GeniusTM module employs artificial intelligence (AI) to help physicians detect polyps—a powerful new ally in the fight against colorectal cancer.
“Albany Gastroenterology Consultants is proud to be the first GI specialist in the area offering AI-assisted colonoscopies to its patients,” said Dr. Joseph Choma, AGC’s lead practitioner in AI-assisted colonoscopies. “Every time we can make tests more accurate and increase detection rates, we increase our patients’ chances for a positive outcome. There’s nothing more important to us than that.”
The GI GeniusTM module uses advanced AI software to highlight 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
Albany Gastroenterology Consultants is focused on meeting the medical needs of the community by providing its expert staff with the latest technologies and procedures. The GI GeniusTM module is the first and only AI system for the detection of colonic polyps in the United States and we are proud to offer it to our patients.
The GI Genius System is a computer-assisted reading tool designed to aid endoscopists in detecting colonic mucosal lesions (such as polyps and adenomas) in real-time during standard white-light endoscopy examinations of patients undergoing screening and surveillance endoscopic mucosal evaluations. The GI Genius computer-assisted detection device is limited for use with standard white-light endoscopy imaging only. This device is not intended to replace clinical decision making
About Albany Gastroenterology Consultants
Founded in 1974, Albany Gastroenterology Consultants (AGC) is the leading digestive specialists in the Capital District. Our philosophy has always been to focus on the patient first by providing physical and emotional comfort and striving for the best health outcomes possible. As an independent practice, AGC has the unique ability to advocate passionately for our patients. We collaborate closely with referring physicians, as well as any hospitals and third-party payers, to ensure our patients receive the best care at every step toward better health. Albany Gastroenterology physicians are board certified and are members of multiple including the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
1. Hassan C, et al. New artificial intelligence system: first validation study versus experienced endoscopists for colorectal polyp detection. Gut. 2020;69(5):799-800
2. Corley DA, et al. Adenoma detection rate and risk of colorectal cancer and death. N Eng J Med. 2014;370:1298-306.
3. Repici A, Badalamenti M, Maselli R, et al. Efficacy of real-time computer-aided detection of colorectal neoplasia in a randomized trial. Gastroenterology. 2020; 159:512–520.e7.
4. Cancer.Net. Colorectal Cancer: Statistics. January 2020. Available at: https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer/statistics. Accessed January 22, 2021.