A powerful new tool in the fight against colorectal cancer has arrived in the Capital Region thanks to the GI specialists at Albany Gastroenterology Consultants (AGC).
In January 2023, the practice began offering patients enhanced colonoscopy screening with a new artificial intelligence technology, called GI Genius™.
A first of its kind, and first in the Capital Region, GI Genius is a computer-aided polyp detection system that works in real time as your doctor performs your colonoscopy.
Leveraging deep-learning algorithms, it scans images transmitted via colonscope for areas consistent with colorectal lesions. When found, it highlights suspicious lesions such as polyps and adenomas with a visual marker for your doctor to investigate or remove for biopsy.
“Albany Gastroenterology Consultants is proud to be the first GI specialty practice 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.”
GI Genius has a 99.7 percent sensitivity rate1 and less than 1 percent false activations1, performing real-time analysis 82 percent faster than the doctor1.
An ever-vigilant second observer, this new technology helps doctors find polyps that may have once gone undetected by the human eye.
Nearly all colorectal cancers start as precancerous polyps that are often present for years before they develop into invasive cancer.
When caught early, colorectal cancer is treatable and beatable! That’s why it’s important to follow recommended screening guidelines even if you don’t have any symptoms.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that screening for colorectal cancer begin at 45 years old.
There are several screening options available, including colonoscopy. Your doctor can help you determine which test is right for you.
Albany Gastroenterology Consultants has offices in Albany and Clifton Park. They offer same-day and same-week appointments for new and existing patients in their Clifton Park office located in the 1785 Specialty Medical Practices Building, powered by CDPHP.