Automation In Gastroenterology – Current Issues And Perspectives
This paper presents a quick overview of various techniques employed in gastroenterology and presents the current issues and perspectives on automating various stages of detection and decision making in this field. The techniques currently employed, e.g. Colonoscopy, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and others such as, EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound), ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography, EMR (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection), Ultrasound & X-ray Image Processing, are categorized. In addition, automatic techniques are suggested and an appropriate Information Technology (IT) architectural solution – that is distributed and heterogeneous – is proposed to handle the variety of underlying issues. The architecture is unique to gastroenterology and contains a number of tools to aid both a lay user and an expert user. Several automatic techniques are also suggested, in addition to providing the limitations of such techniques. It is hoped that this paper will result in the development of a comprehensive IT system towards handling the current and future datasets arising from various treatment procedures in gastroenterology.
Keywords - Endoscopy, Esophagogastroduodenoscopy - EGD, EUS, ERCP, EMR, Visual, Ultrasound & X-ray Image Processing, Techniques for automation in images and, Distributed Heterogeneous Information Technology Architecture.