London Clinic uses artificial intelligence to advance colonoscopy

The London Clinic is pioneering the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve detection of colorectal polyps.

The independent hospital and charity, located in London’s Harley Street Medical Area, is reported to be the first hospital in the UK and one of the first in the world, to employ GI Genius, a pioneering device that uses AI to enhance the quality of colonoscopies, offering a new solution for the early detection of colorectal cancer.

The GI Genius module – produced by global medical device company Medtronic – uses AI to detect colorectal polyps. The device acts as a second observer during colonoscopies, helping to assist doctors by identifying lesions and small mucosal abnormalities that may signal cancer.

The system works by analysing the video stream during colonoscopy, using advanced AI to highlight the presence of pre-cancerous lesions with a visual marker in real-time. The device offers the potential to improve diagnosis and outcomes for patients with colorectal cancer.

Dr Rehan Haidry, Consultant Gastroenterologist at The London Clinic, said: “We are thrilled to introduce the GI Genius system at The London Clinic. The system represents an important advancement in technology and is a crucial step in the fight against colorectal cancer, supporting both patients and doctors.

“The technology is incredibly powerful and is proven to be extremely precise in identifying lesions in the colonic mucosa that can be difficult to detect. Having a second set of eyes that can pick up the smallest change in real-time means we can focus our attention on the right places, which can be life-saving for patients.”