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Tokyo startup devises AI system to help with endoscopic surgery

Health ministry gives nod to product now in practical use

Surgeons preform an endoscopic procedure using Anaut's Eureka Alpha AI system. (Anaut)

TOKYO -- A system that uses artificial intelligence to analyze endoscopic images and assist surgeons in real-time during surgical procedures is now in practical use in Japan. The new technology is expected to improve the precision of procedures and make surgeons' jobs easier.

The Eureka Alpha system, developed by a Tokyo-based startup called Anaut, analyzes images taken by an endoscope inside the body. The system shows the location of the tissue to be operated on in blue on an AI-equipped monitor. The surgeon performs the procedure using an ordinary monitor.

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