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Virtual Colonoscopy: A Less Invasive Alternative?

Posted on September 12, 2013

The ugly truth: the process of a traditional colonoscopy is pretty darn unappealing. The prep (yuk!) and idea of a scope being inserted you-know-where doesn’t set people running to the doctor – in fact, it makes some people run the other direction. But we know colon cancer screenings are essential to nipping colon cancer in the bud (or butt…) before it starts. Could CT (virtual) colonoscopy be the answer to tearing down this potential barrier to screening?

We’re dedicated to staying on the pulse of what’s going in the colon cancer space. As part of this, we were invited to attend Monday’s FDA panel discussion on the use of CT colonography.

Here are the top 5 things you need to know:

  • The panel generally backed use of CT colonoscopy in screening asymptomatic patients for colon cancer
  • CT colonoscopy could improve screening rates because it’s less invasive, doesn’t require sedation and has a shorter recover time
  • Evidence suggests it’s as good as traditional colonoscopy at identifying larger polyps
  • Many studies show CT colonoscopy to be less sensitive in identifying polyps less than 6 mm
  • CT colonoscopy may have trouble detecting flat or serrated polyps

Read the full MedPage Today article and learn more about screening. Tell us in the comments: Have you had a virtual colonoscopy? How was your experience?

3 Responses to “Virtual Colonoscopy: A Less Invasive Alternative?”

  1. Barbara Spangler says:

    I just read the article on CT Colonoscopy, I am going for another scope on the 19th of Sept and I am scared to death. My last one was in 2011 when they preferred my bowel and I had to have emergency surgery. I hope they approve this so it is easier on the patients

  2. Some genuinely good articles on this website, thanks for contribution. “When he has ceased to hear the many, he may discern the One – the inner sound which kills the outer.” by H Hahn Blavatsky.

  3. Becky says:

    It sounds better, but I am a firm believer in the traditional way. My sister is a colon cancer survivor & my husband is also, it is better to go the original way to get a better screening. I get one every two years due to family history & my husband now gets one every year as he is two years out of his surgery & treatments.
    The prep is difficult, the procedure painless since they sedate you & the recovery is simple. There are risks with every procedure, but there is a bigger risk of missing something in the early stages.

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