Background and Aims: Diagnosing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) depends on individual physician expertise and may be subject to interobserver variability. Therefore, we developed a computerized image-analysis system to detect and differentiate esophageal SCC. Methods: A total of 9591 nonmagnified endoscopy (non-ME) and 7844 ME images of pathologically confirmed superficial esophageal SCCs and 1692 non-ME and 3435 ME images from noncancerous lesions or normal esophagus were used as training image data. Validation was performed using 255 non-ME white-light images, 268 non-ME narrow-band images/blue-laser images, and 204 ME narrow-band images/blue-laser images from 135 patients. The same validation test data were diagnosed by 15 board-certified specialists (experienced endoscopists). Results: Regarding diagnosis by non-ME with narrow-band imaging/blue-laser imaging, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were 100%, 63%, and 77%, respectively, for the artificial intelligence (AI) system and 92%, 69%, and 78%, respectively, for the experienced endoscopists. Regarding diagnosis by non-ME with white-light imaging, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were 90%, 76%, and 81%, respectively, for the AI system and 87%, 67%, and 75%, respectively, for the experienced endoscopists. Regarding diagnosis by ME, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were 98%, 56%, and 77%, respectively, for the AI system and 83%, 70%, and 76%, respectively, for the experienced endoscopists. There was no significant difference in the diagnostic performance between the AI system and the experienced endoscopists. Conclusions: Our AI system showed high sensitivity for detecting SCC by non-ME and high accuracy for differentiating SCC from noncancerous lesions by ME.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging