Olympus to Support AI Endoscopic Diagnosis Training for Physicians in Thailand | Your money
TOKYO – (BUSINESS WIRE) – July 21, 2021–
Olympus Corporation (Representative Executive Officer, President and CEO: Yasuo Takeuchi) participated in an innovative project as a business developer, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan, entitled “Survey Study for International Expansion of endoscopes using high-definition imaging technology AI diagnostic assistance system in Thailand. “The project aims to develop advanced endoscopic diagnostics in Thailand, where there are relatively few endoscopists.
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Last year, Olympus participated in a project with the MIC to study the effectiveness and potential spread of the AI diagnostic support system in India. Olympus conducted a demonstration survey of clinical applications in collaboration with a major Indian medical institution. Clinical use by Indian physicians and discussions with Japanese physicians have shown the efficacy and potential for future dissemination of the Endocyto 1 ultra-enlarged endoscope and software to aid diagnostic imaging of endoscopes with AI EndoBRAIN 2 and EndoBRAIN-EYE 3.
For the project in Thailand, in collaboration with CYBERNET SYSTEMS CO., LTD., Olympus conducted a demonstration survey on the efficacy and potential diffusion of the AI diagnostic aid system in collaboration with the Thai Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Association (TAGE). Specialized lecturers and doctors from North Yokohama Hospital of Showa University and TAGE representatives from Siriraj Hospital, Rajavithi Hospital, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and Ramathibodi Hospital will provide expert advice to doctors at major medical institutions in Thailand. In addition to training physicians in disease detection techniques and differential colonoscope diagnosis, they will also train physicians to train the next generation of endoscopists between August 2021 and March 2022.
This project started on July 20. At the kick-off meeting, Satoshi Hemmi, Deputy Director General of the MIC Information and Communications Office, said: “We hope that the clinical benefit of the AI diagnostic support system will be evaluated by TAGE doctors. We also hope that the cooperative relationship between Thailand and Japan in the field of medical ICT will further develop. “Nonthalee Pausawasdi, President of the Thai Association for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, also commented,” On behalf of TAGE, it is a great pleasure to collaborate with MIC and Olympus for this opportunity. We are grateful to have the opportunity to enhance our AI experiences in endoscopy. We are confident that our collaboration will enable our members and the next generation of endoscopists to acquire new knowledge and skills in the latest AI technology for diagnostic endoscopy. ”
Background to Olympus’ participation
In Thailand, the cancer rate has increased in recent years due to an aging society and the westernization of eating habits associated with economic growth. In particular, colon cancer is becoming a social problem, with the fourth morbidity rate and the third death rate among all cancer cases. While the demand for endoscopy, which is essential for the early detection and treatment of cancer, is expected to increase, there is a shortage of physicians with the high level of knowledge and experience required for endoscopy. Olympus participated in this project to help trained specialists train physicians in Thailand and neighboring countries and to help disseminate and develop endoscopic diagnostics using the latest AI technology.
1 An endoscope that enables real-time cellular-level observation with optical magnification up to 520 times.
2 Real-time in-vivo AI analysis of colon lesions taken with ultra-high magnification endoscopes, digitally indicating the possibility of neoplastic and non-neoplastic polyps to help physicians differentiate and detect polyps using figures. (Manufactured by CYBERNET SYSTEMS CO., LTD.)
3 AI endoscopic diagnostic imaging support software that helps physicians diagnose lesions by alerting them if a polyp or other lesion is detected using standard colonoscope images. (Manufactured by CYBERNET SYSTEMS CO., LTD.)
Project of the Ministry of the Interior and Communications
The MIC aims to achieve the goal of sustainable development and the SDGs are committed to ensuring that “no one will be left behind”. To this end, the MIC aims to realize a model that contributes to the SDGs through digitization and to disseminate and promote an SDG + ICT model nationally and internationally between the public and private sectors. This project aims to contribute to the introduction and dissemination of the Japanese AI endoscopic diagnostic support system in Thailand and neighboring countries in response to the social problem of increasing cancer prevalence in Thailand.
- Investigation of the current state of policies in the medical, health and healthcare sectors in Thailand, and investigation of the current state of the introduction of medical ICTs in Thailand
We collect information from leading medical institutions and external research institutes and investigate the status of dissemination of medical information systems, including endoscopy systems.
- Verification by proof of concept testing in Thailand
Doctors from North Yokohama Hospital of Showa University will train doctors at Siriraj Hospital and other medical institutions in Thailand in detecting diseases using colonoscope with a system of ‘AI diagnostic aid to discriminatory diagnosis, and will train them as speakers to train instructors. Olympus provided equipment and training courses.
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