Odin Vision – AI for Supporting Bowel Cancer Diagnosis

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“ODIN Vision uses Artificial Intelligence and endoscopy cameras to detect potentially cancerous polyps in endoscopy procedures. Peter Mountney, CEO of ODIN Vision, spoke at the bowel cancer health showcase event on 24th March, as part of the MK:5G project, to present ODIN’s technology and capabilities for a more efficient health service. Here, Peter discusses how Odin’s CADDIE system operates, and how the Healthy Living Lab can help to develop their technology.” 

John Vesey, Health Business Manager 

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the UK, and it is forecast to increase by over 50% in the next 15 years due to an ageing population and, worryingly, an increased prevalence in young people. Traditionally, doctors use an endoscope to look inside the bowel for early signs of cancer, but it is incredibly difficult to analyse these images and doctors miss around 25% of polyps and patient wait up to 3 weeks for results. 

CADDIE is Odin Vision’s regulatory approved artificial intelligence system. It helps doctors find colorectal polyps and supports the instant diagnosis. It acts as a second pair of eyes to support doctors during procedures. 

When the CADDIE system identifies a polyp, it places a green box around the area in the image to draw the doctor’s attention to the area of abnormal tissue. We have developed our Artificial Intelligence specifically to help doctors find it hard to see polyps such as flat or small polyps. Once the polyp is located, the doctor can take a closer inspection to make an optical diagnosis. The CADDIE system looks for visual information consistent with high and low-risk polyps and displays this information to the doctor. The system has additional functionality to support the doctor in performing the highest quality procedure such as recognizing critical anatomical structure in the caecum and scoring the visible mucosa.  

CADDIE is a cloud-based system. This means we stream images from the endoscopy procedure to a secure cloud where they are analysed on a super-computer and the results are immediately sent back to the hospital. 

Using the cloud means we can provide our CADDIE artificial intelligence system to hospitals as a subscription service rather than an expensive capital purchase. This makes our technology accessible to everyone in the healthcare system and allows us to get it to those who will benefit from it the most. 

Using the cloud also means we are able to future proof our technology and avoid issues with legacy hardware and system updates. CADDIE connects to the cloud over the hospital IT systems. To make the adoption of our technology as easy and wide as possible and where it is not possible to use existing infrastructure, we support deployment over additional networks such as 5G. By using a 5G network we can reduce reliance and burden on the existing hospital IT networks and support the fast and easy roll-out of our technology. 

As we move into an era that is increasingly reliant on connectivity, initiatives such as the Satellite Application Catapult’s Healthy Living Lab will play an increasingly important role in bringing together the stakeholders to support companies like Odin in getting practical advice and help to define our data connectivity strategy. 

 Peter Mountney, CEO, Odin Vision 

To find out more or to get in touch, please use the following link: https://odin-vision.com/