CROHN-IPI project

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affecting young adults with no chance of cure. The endoscopic video-capsule is the only tool allowing the exploration of 3 to 4 m of the small intestine in a non-invasive way thanks to an image acquisition system embedded in an ingestible capsule. It is the most powerful examination for visualizing the small intestine compared to all other radiological techniques. The video-capsule generates approximately 50,000 successive images transmitted by a radiofrequency system to an external recording box. Analysis by gastroenterologists is time-consuming and requires expertise, which limits its widespread dissemination. To facilitate the reading of the video capsules, the development of tools for automatic recognition of lesions on the images generated by the capsule is highly desirable.