Docbot's Enrolls First Patients in Study of Ultivision AI GI Imaging Platform

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Colorectal Cancer | Colon Cancer | Rectal Cancer | MedlinePlusDocbot, Inc., a privately held company developing artificial intelligence (AI)-driven healthcare applications, announced the first subjects enrolled at Gastro Health in a pivotal trial to validate Ultivision™ AI imaging platform for adenoma detection during colonoscopy screenings.

Ultivision is a software platform that enables real-time, expert-level analysis during imaging of colonoscopy and endoscopy screenings. It uses machine learning and algorithms that analyze more than 100 frames per second without lag to allow colonoscopists to consistently deliver the highest quality examination possible, aimed at potentially reducing the rate of interval colon cancers. Ultivision was developed based on over 20 million annotated images curated over seven years. Its self-annotating database allows for the algorithm to continuously learn as more exams are performed.

The AIDA (Artificial Intelligence for the Detection of Adenomas in Screening Colonoscopies) trial is a U.S. multicenter, prospective study that will enroll a total of 978 subjects across 6 sites in the U.S. The Company believes this trial could be sufficient to support the filing of a De Novo application submission for clearance of its Ultivision software for colonoscopy in the U.S.

The first subjects were enrolled at Gastro Health in Birmingham, Alabama. Gastro Health is a leading medical group of gastroenterology providers in the U.S. with more than 113 offices in Florida, Alabama, Virginia and Washington.

Robert A. Shaffer, MD, the Principal Investigator of the trial at Gastro Health, commented, "Colonoscopy has been proven to be the most effective screening modality for the prevention of colon cancer, however, the rate of new colon cancer cases in the U.S. has held steady at about 38 per 100,000 people. With my brief experience with Docbot's AI platform, I believe AI has the potential to drive these rates lower by providing an additional layer of expert imaging analysis to ensure adenomas aren’ missed during exams."

“Despite the U.S. spending more than $20 billion per year on 18 million colonoscopies, colon cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death,” commented Andrew Ninh, CEO and Co-Founder of Docbot. “Many publications, including those featuring Ultivision, have shown to greatly enhance diagnostic capabilities in numerous modalities. We believe our real-time AI for colonoscopy will lead to improved detection and enhanced patient care. We look forward to having enrollment completed in the AIDA study and reporting by end of year.”

James Leavitt, MD, FACG, a leading gastroenterologist and the President and Chief Clinical Officer for Gastro Health, added, “It is inevitable that artificial intelligence will be intimately integrated into health care delivery. For that reason, we at Gastro Health are excited to partner in the advancement of this technology. We feel confident that it will lead to improved patient outcomes.”

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Docbot's Enrolls First Patients in Study of Ultivision AI GI Imaging Platform.  Appl Radiol. 

By News Release| June 25, 2020

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