Dr. Genevieve Melton-Meaux in the Department of Surgery spoke to the Star Tribune about the expanding role of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine. She says AI can be used in diagnostics, patient monitoring, medical robotics and administrative tasks connected to managing patient data. On the use of AI in medical settings, Dr. Melton-Meaux said, "I think we're really at the precipice. We're right at the beginning.”

The technology, GI Genius, made by Medtronic, has the ability to detect areas of concern that the doctor could have missed. The technology first seeked approval from the Food and Drug Administration in April 2021 and has been updated three times since. GI Genius is being used in areas of urgency by aiding in cancer cures, adjusting insulin delivery for diabetes patients, and increasing the adenoma detection rate for colonoscopies

AI is drawing tech companies that have not been traditionally seen in the medical industry. 

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