Endoscopy Imaging System and the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Improving Surgical Safety
Endoscopy is one of the most common procedures used in the healthcare sector to diagnose different diseases affecting the patient body. Currently, endoscopy procedures are going through a big revolution with the adoption of advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI).
Moreover, the addition of robotics surgery in the coming future can also lead to deploying and developing innovative protection measures that can enable surgeons with better control over the surgery.
To understand the role of AI in endoscopy better, this article will highlight the role of endoscopy in depth and its work with AI.
Endoscopy Imaging System — A Brief Introduction
An endoscopy imaging system, also called an EGD imaging system, refers to a minimally invasive process for getting images of the internal human body without any risky or complicated surgeries.
With the use of endoscopy imaging systems, doctors can obtain clear and detailed images of different body organs, such as the small intestine, with the help of a flexible and long endoscope tube. The endoscopy tube is attached with a light in the end and an HD camera that records and displays the inside view in the display installed in the operating rooms.
The camera attached to endoscopy is much more advanced. It has two eyes, one on the left and the other one on the right, which helps to create a better perception of depth and allows the surgeon to have a better idea of how deep the endoscope tubes can go during the surgeries.
Endoscopic imaging procedures are used for treating several issues and diseases, such as opening constricted regions, regulating bleeding, removing abnormal tumors and stuck items, and wrapping any unusual veins in the esophagus.
Due to the use of endoscopy procedures for diagnosing multiple diseases, there is a constant increase in the demand for the endoscope imaging system market.
According to BIS Research, the global endoscopic imaging systems market is expected to touch $6,941.3 million by 2030 from a market value of $3,641.3 million in 2021.
The global endoscopic imaging system market is supposed to grow with a CAGR of 7.43% during the forecast period 2022–2030.
Several factors are driving the growth of the global endoscopic imaging systems market, such as the increasing adoption of minimally invasive procedures, enhancing the clinical quality of the endoscopic methods, and the growing technology integration such as AI in the endoscopic imaging systems.
What diseases can be detected by an endoscopy imaging system?
Let’s understand the possible diseases that can be diagnosed with the use of endoscopy imaging systems.
- Inflammations and Ulcers
The endoscopy imaging system can easily diagnose the presence of inflammation in the upper digestive system, such as counting esophagitis (esophagus inflammation), tendonitis (duodenum inflammation), and gastritis (stomach inflammation).
The inflammation can result in several challenging situations, such as erosion and ulcers.
- Esophageal Varices
Esophageal varices refer to expanded veins inside the esophagus walls, which have a high chance of getting a break and start building.
Doctors use endoscopy imaging systems to diagnose such problems in the body and accordingly choose the accurate treatment options.
- Tumors and Cancers
To diagnose the presence of abnormal bumps, masses, and ulcers, the surgeon makes use of the advanced endoscopy imaging system. The samples are collected with the help of endoscopy tubes and later evaluated in the lab to check the presence of cancerous and non-cancerous cells.
The most common cancer diagnosed with the use of an endoscopy imaging system are gastric or stomach cancer.
Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Endoscopic Procedures
Surgeons check the pictures of the infected body organs through the assistive camera in minimally invasive endoscopy imaging procedures. Since the camera has both right and left eyes, the surgeon has a better awareness while performing the surgeries.
Using AI technology with the endoscopy imaging system can result in having a better knowledge of the various anatomical and surgical objects. Moreover, it allows surgeons to reduce the chances of risk during endoscopy procedures by allowing human experts to maintain overall control of the system.
A company named ResiMinds developed an AI-based endoscopy model to check how AI can be used for getting better depth perception if attached to endoscopy imaging systems. It was found that the AI-based endoscopy imaging system allowed surgeons to have better access to 3D structures of a situation.
The use of AI and endoscopy imaging systems together can allow the development of more safe and more accurate diagnosis options and would allow surgeons to have more detailed access to the human body.
AI has the power to improve all elements of endoscopy, from surgical to post-surgery results. It will pay for human errors and regulations by enhancing endoscopic treatments’ accuracy, speed, and consistency.
However, more study, ethical support, and new rules will be needed before the complete implementation of AI in endoscopic procedures. Nevertheless, AI will be a highly promising advantage in the coming years, as it can bring revolution in endoscopy.
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