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Virtual Colonoscopy Safer for Older Patients

Posted Mar 02 2010 5:48am

Screening by virtual colonoscopy is just as effective and potentially safer than traditional screening methods for older patients at risk of colorectal cancer, according to a new report from the American College of Radiology.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health looked at the use of “computed tomographic colonography” (CTC) in 577 elderly patients. CTC is a safer alternative for seniors the study suggests. Complications such as colon perforation were not associated with the procedure. The report appears in the journal Radiology.

Ask your doctor about this procedure. Not all health care providers are equipped to do this and this has been a controversial procedure from Day One!

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