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Tuesday, June 28 2022 - 14:52
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DeepGI – A Thai Innovation for the Precision in Colorectal Polyp Detection
BANGKOK, June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Chula Engineering and Chula Medicine co-invent an innovative device for a rapid 
and accurate gastrointestinal cancer detection hoping to foster preventive 
medicine and reduce the number of cancer patients.



Many types of cancers, especially gastric and colorectal cancer can be treated 
if detected early. As the world's fourth-leading cause of death, colorectal 
cancer is also most common in the elderly Thai population. Statistics show that 
in 2021, 15 million Thai seniors (over 50 years old) are at risk of developing 
colorectal cancer, and are advised to get a regular colonoscopy every 5-10 
years.

Thus, a "DeepGI" gastrointestinal monitor was co-developed by Associate 
Professor Dr. Peerapon Vateekul, Chula Engineering, Professor Dr. Rangsun 
Rerknimitr, M.D., Associate Professor Dr. Satimai Aniwan, M.D., and Lecturer 
Kasenee Tiankanon, M.D. from the Excellence Center for GI Endoscopy, King 
Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, the Thai Red Cross Society, with the support 
from Chulalongkorn University Technology Center (UTC) and ESM Solutions Co., 
Ltd.

Accurate colonic polyp detection by AI

Currently, colonoscopy or lower GI endoscopy, the standard approach to detect 
early colon abnormalities, are quite challenging due to the numerous forms of 
polyps. Statistics show that up to 22 percent of tests can be erroneous.

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Peerapon, "DeepGI detects abnormalities by the AI 
using the 'Deep Learning' technique and alerts doctors in real-time with over 
90 percent accuracy, while accurately characterizing the polyps if they may 
become malignant (Neoplastic) or benign (Hyperplastic) in the future."

DeepGI Highlights
1.Deep Learning Technology - real-time and accurate detection and 
characterization
2.Vendor Unlock supports all brands and models of gastrointestinal endoscopes.
3.Extensible Future
4.Affordable

Further utilization and expansion to the community endoscopists

DeepGI is currently pending national patent and continues to develop with the 
Technology Readiness Level 5 (TRL5). The team hopes this innovation will 
benefit community hospitals with shortages of medical and technological 
personnel.

Interested health institutions can contact Assoc. Prof. Dr. Peerapon Vateekul 
via email at peerapon.v@chula.ac.th or via the website 
https://deepgi.cp.eng.chula.ac.th/

The general public wishing to receive tests via DeepGI can contact Excellence 
Center for GI Endoscopy, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, the Thai Red 
Cross Society, Bhumisiri Mangkhalanusorn Building, 10th floor, Zone A, 
Telephone +66-2256-4000 ext. 81001-2.

For more information, visit https://www.chula.ac.th/en/highlight/73670/ 

Source: Chulalongkorn University Communication Center

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