An article appeared in the December 2004 issue of American Journal of Roentgenology, that discussed the value of virtual colonoscopy (VC).
This study found that VC was able to spot polyps with an ease that correlated with the conventional colonoscopy. This method has none of the risk of the usual colonoscopy.
Ann's NOTE: A member of my extended family recently suffered colon perforation while undergoing a colonoscopy. In looking up the stats on this, it appears to be an unfortunately common event. That is 1 in 800 to one in every thousand. That is not small in my mind.
And the treatment for this perforation can be removal of the colon in that area. Thus a 'healthy' someone going for a screening test may become someone who needs a colostomy bag for the rest of their lives.
The study was sponsored in part by the Department of Defense and was conducted at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA.
American Roentgen Ray Society
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