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Artificial Intelligence in Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal cancer remains the most common cancer among men in the UAE, and the third most common cancer in women. However, it is a preventable disease if detected early.

The symptoms of colorectal cancer don’t appear until it is at a later stage, which is why screening is so important. The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi recommends all men and women over the age of 40 attend routine colorectal cancer screening.

Colonoscopy and Colorectal Cancer

A colonoscopy is the ‘gold standard’ colorectal cancer screening procedure. Colonoscopy is the examination of the bowels using an endoscope – a thin, flexible tube with a light and fiber optic camera. It allows doctors to see the entire colon and rectum and is a powerful tool for early cancer detection.

The screening test can prevent the onset and development of colorectal cancer by detecting pre-cancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

In recent years, advances in endoscopic techniques have made colonoscopies more effective and efficient than ever before. One of the most significant and exciting developments has been the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into endoscopy, which offers earlier, more accurate detection of colorectal cancer and better prevention of the disease.

Artificial Intelligence in Endoscopy

When AI is integrated into endoscopic colon screening, the accuracy and efficiency is increased. AI does not replace the role of the doctor but enhances their skills and acts as an aid that improves the process.

AI algorithms are trained to carefully analyze endoscopic images and videos. They can support doctors in identifying abnormalities, lesions, and potential signs of cancer with a greater accuracy than the human eye.

The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers an innovative and advanced screening program to the community. With five AI endoscopy units, the program is the largest AI colonoscopy center in the UAE.

The benefits of Artificial Intelligence in Colorectal Cancer Screening

Enhanced accuracy and detection

AI algorithms can detect very subtle abnormalities that may not be noticed by the human eye. This means improved sensitivity in catching early-stage colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps and lesions.

Streamlined screening process

AI algorithms can analyze vast amounts of data quickly and accurately, meaning results are delivered faster, enabling prompt decision-making and intervention when needed.

Personalized Treatment Plans

The use of AI also supports personalized treatment plans. By allowing doctors to understand the specific characteristics of detected lesions, they can tailor interventions and treatment based on individual patient needs.

Reduced number of false positives

As AI is highly accurate, the likelihood of false-positive results is reduced, meaning a more efficient screening process. This in turn leads to a reduction in unnecessary follow-ups and procedures, alleviating unnecessary patient anxiety.

Reduced cancer risk and improved patient outcomes

By accurately detecting polyps before they have the chance to turn into cancer, AI in colonoscopy is an invaluable tool in early diagnosis and subsequent removal of precancerous polyps. This significantly reduces the chances of polyps progressing to cancer and improves patient outcomes.

The integration of AI and endoscopy is a significant development in colorectal cancer screening, offering earlier detection, improved accuracy, and ultimately, better outcomes for those at risk of colon cancer.

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Colorectal Cancer Screening at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Our program offers innovative and advanced colorectal cancer screening techniques. We are the UAE’s largest AI colonoscopy center, meaning more accurate and efficient screening, earlier detection and ultimately, better outcomes for patients.

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