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Scoring endoscopic disease activity in IBD: artificial intelligence sees more and better than we do
  1. Peter Bossuyt1,2,
  2. Séverine Vermeire1,
  3. Raf Bisschops1
  1. 1 Department of Gastroenterolgy and Hepatology, Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  2. 2 Departement of Gastroenterology, Imelda Hospital, Bonheiden, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Dr Peter Bossuyt, Department of Gastroenterolgy and Hepatology, Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; peter.bossuyt{at}

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With great interest we read the review article of Iacucci et al on advanced endoscopic techniques in IBD.1 The authors clearly recognise the current limitations of the different endoscopic scoring tools for disease activity in IBD and provide potential solutions with new advanced techniques. We fully agree that interobserver variability is problematic for treatment planning and IBD drug development and we lack objective definitions of endoscopic remission that predict further disease course in both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC). Scoring systems were mostly developed at the end of the previous century, based on evaluations with fiberoptic endoscopes or poor quality white light video-endoscopes. Intrinsically, it could be anticipated that by seeing more details and nuances such as with virtual chromo-endoscopy, this could result in a superior assessment of the disease activity in IBD. …

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  • Contributors PB: wrote the manuscript and did the literature review. SV: critically reviewed the manuscript. RB: critically reviewed the manuscript and supervised the study.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it published Online First. The author name has been corrected from Lacucci to Iacucci in the content and in the references.

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