- Artificial intelligence (AI) in GI endoscopy holds tremendous promise to augment clinical performance, establish better treatment plans, and improve patient outcomes. Although there are promising initial applications and preliminary clinical data for AI in gastroenterology, the field is still in a very early phase, with limited clinical use. The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has convened an AI Task Force to develop guidance around clinical implementation, testing/validating algorithms, and building pathways for successful implementation of AI in GI endoscopy.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) was first described in 1950; however, several limitations in early models prevented widespread acceptance and application to medicine. In the early 2000s, many of these limitations were overcome by the advent of deep learning. Now that AI systems are capable of analyzing complex algorithms and self-learning, we enter a new age in medicine where AI can be applied to clinical practice through risk assessment models, improving diagnostic accuracy and workflow efficiency.
- Endoscopy is one of the cornerstones in the field of gastroenterology. The original fiberoptic endoscope was developed in the 1950s. From this point in time and decade after decade the field of endoscopy continues to this day to grow and evolve. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography was developed in the 1970s and EUS in the 1980s, further showing the potential of endoscopy to have no boundaries. The image quality of the scope is now high-definition white light along with optical enhancements such as narrow-band imaging (NBI), with the goal to improve mucosal surface area inspection to both identify and interpret abnormal areas.