Sanford Health in Fargo now offering AI-assisted colonoscopies – KVLY

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) – March is Colon Cancer Awareness month, and Sandford Health in Fargo has added another source for early detection.

This location is the first facility in North Dakota to utilize the Medtronic GI Genius, the first FDA-cleared artificial intelligence-assisted colonoscopy.

The GI Genius uses AI to help physicians detect potentially pre-cancerous polyps, which can lead to colon cancer.

“Early detection plays such a critical role in detecting and beating colon cancer,” said Dr. John Bassett, Sanford Health gastroenterologist.  “Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest cancer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. This new technology can help detect colorectal cancer early when treatments are most effective.”

Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States, with more than 150,000 new cases every year.

Early detection is essential to preventing colon cancer, but polyps can be difficult to see. The GI Genius module uses advanced visualization and AI software to highlight polyps in real-time.

In a 2019 study, the system had a faster reaction time than the average reaction time of endoscopists by more than one whole second.

Multiple studies have shown the GI Genius module offers a variety of benefits to patients and physicians.  In a study published in 2022 in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Society, the technology was shown to significantly decrease the miss rate of adenomas and polyps by 45.8%.

Sanford Health recommends colorectal cancer screenings for individuals over the age of 45. They also recommend screenings if you’re under 45-years-old, have symptoms, or have a family history of colon cancer.

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