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Source: Healio Gastroenterology
July 04, 2020
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7 Recent reports on Endoscopy

Source: Healio Gastroenterology
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Healio Gastroenterology presents the following reports on the most recent research in endoscopy.

These reports cover some of the most recent developments on artificial intelligence, COVID-19 and an interview with the new president of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Artificial intelligence helps detect colorectal neoplasia

Adding artificial intelligence systems during colonoscopies helped increase the detection of colorectal neoplasia, according to a meta-analysis published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Marco Spadaccini, MD, of Humanitas Research Hospital and University in Italy, and colleagues wrote that missed lesions due to recognition failure or technical issues can lead to interval colorectal cancer. READ MORE

COVID-19 substantially reduces endoscopy procedures worldwide

New data revealed a substantial decrease in endoscopy procedures around the world of more than 80% during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on procedure volumes,” Prateek Sharma, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, told Healio Gastroenterology. “The use of appropriate [personal protective equipment (PPE)] is key in keeping infection rates low in healthcare providers. Significant back logs should be anticipated.” READ MORE

Computer-aided colonoscopy reduces adenoma miss rate

A computer-aided system helped reduce the number of missed adenomas and missed polyps during colonoscopy, according to study results.

Pu Wang, MD, of Sichuan Academy of Medical Sciences and Sichuan Provincial People’s Hospitals in China, and colleagues wrote that despite modern technology and cleansing techniques, non-visualization of adenoma remains a significant problem, and a computer-aided detection (CADe) system may improve diagnostic capabilities. READ MORE

3 questions with the new ASGE president

In early May, Klaus Mergener, MD, PhD, MBA, took over as the new president of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Mergener has previously held other roles at the society, including councilor on the ASGE governing board, vice-chair of the ASGE Foundation board of trustees and vice president. He is currently an affiliate professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. READ MORE

COVID-19 increased anxiety, burnout among endoscopy trainees

Two studies focused on the impact COVID-19 on endoscopy trainees, showing increased anxiety and burnout, and offered ways for trainees to continue their education until training is resumed.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound adverse effect on endoscopy volumes and drastically changed endoscopic training processes worldwide,” Katarzyna M. Pawlak, MD, PhD, from the Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Szczecin in Poland told Healio Gastroenterology. “The main concerns raised by trainees were in regard to competency development and the need to potentially prolong training to achieve endoscopic competence. Trainees expressed symptoms of anxiety and burnout and cited [personal protective equipment] PPE shortages and a lack of mental and emotional support as key issues impacting training.” READ MORE

Motus GI receives patent for Pure-Vu’s sensing, suction control

Motus GI has receiving a new United States Patent for the sensing technology and suction control on its Pure-Vu System, a device that fits onto the end of an endoscope to help with real-time cleansing during colonoscopy, according to a company press release.

The Pure-Vu system uses pressurized water to loosen debris in the colon before suctioning it out during the procedure. It helps mitigate the challenges presented by poor bowel preparation. READ MORE

Care coordination increases surveillance colonoscopy for high-risk adenoma

Care coordination compared with usual care had a 20.4% higher completion of surveillance colonoscopy in primary care patients at a large health system with high-risk adenoma, according to data from Digestive Disease Week.

“By employing a coordination care protocol, nonclinical patient navigators are effective in increasing the uptake of surveillance colonoscopy completion within 3.5 years of index colonoscopy and improve rates of surveillance colonoscopy order placement ,” Anthony Myint, MD, recent graduate from the UCLA Internal Medicine program, said during his virtual presentation. “Interestingly, among those patients who completed surveillance, mean time to completion was not significantly different between the two arms.” READ MORE