Singapore-based Farrer Park Hospital launches AI colorectal screening service

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Farrer Park Hospital, a private tertiary care provider in Singapore, has started offering its latest AI-assisted colorectal screening service to improve its detection, classification, screening and monitoring of colorectal polyps and cancer.

The hospital uses an AI screening tool that automatically alerts doctors in real time to suspected lesions and polyps.

The service was tested between March and April when more than 360 colonoscopies were performed. It was officially introduced as a new hospital offering in May.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

Colorectal cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Singapore, affecting approximately 1,800 people each year. FPH introduced its latest AI screening service to enable “more accurate detection of polyps,” according to a press release.

Dr Desmond Wai, consultant gastroenterologist at FPH, said the technology helps reduce false negative results and avoids the risk of missing polyps by highlighting them clearly. “This improves the accuracy of the scopes performed which are critical in a patient’s health journey,” he said.

The use of AI is particularly useful in identifying flat, sessile polyps, which are often missed, noted Dr. Chew Min Hoe, senior consultant and colorectal surgeon at FPH.

THE GREAT TREND

For several years, the FPH has turned to AI to improve its health services. In September last year, she indicated that she employed a Dementia Enabled MRI Screening Tool to improve the diagnosis of dementia.

In November, the company partnered with Medtronic to launch its AI-assisted early detection service for heart disease. The program uses a digital auscultation device with ECG and AI from Medtronic that identifies missing sounds in patients’ hearts that would otherwise go unnoticed.

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