You've probably heard of a virtual colonoscopy before, but you may not have an idea of what it really is. Below are several frequently asked questions about the procedure to help you decide whether it's a good choice for your next colon cancer screening.
Apr 11, 2017 3:26:00 PM
April is National Cancer Control Month, which highlights advances in fighting cancer: prevention, early detection, and treatment. Cancer remains the second leading cause of death among Americans of all ethnic groups combined. Minority groups, however, are more significantly impacted by certain cancers. Generally, the earlier cancer is found, the better the prognosis; cancer screenings can detect cancerous cells early and help increase chances of survival. To help spread awareness of minority cancer risks and encourage routine screening, April 11–17, 2017, is designated Minority Cancer Awareness Week.
Mar 5, 2017 8:07:00 AM
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “Colorectal cancer” is a general term used to describe cancers that begin in the colon or rectum. The American Cancer Society estimates that 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer and 95,520 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year, affecting 1 in 21 men and 1 in 23 women and claiming 50,260 lives. Colorectal cancer currently is the third-leading cancer-related cause of death in women and the second-leading cause in men in the U.S.
Nov 27, 2016 9:20:00 AM
What Are the Risks of Colon Cancer?
If you’re turning 50 or have a condition that puts you at a higher than average risk for colon cancer, you’ve probably been told that you should have a colonoscopy. It’s true that colon cancer screening is an important part of preventive health care: the average lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is 5% but can vary widely across demographics. For example, 90% of new cases appear in patients over 50, and those with a parent or sibling who has developed colon cancer face a risk that is two to three times higher than the general population. While the survival rate of colon cancer patients has been rising since the 1980s, the disease remains the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S.
Topics: virtual colonoscopy
Mar 1, 2016 4:00:00 PM
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. It often begins with the growth of a polyp on the inside of the colon. Early detection dramatically increases the survival rate among those diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and regular screening is an important tool for prevention as well as detection. Knowing what signs to look for and understanding the benefits of screening can better enable you to prevent or survive the illness.
Jan 21, 2016 9:35:07 AM
Colorectal cancer is the third leading type of cancer in both males and females in the United States; of the cancers that affect both genders, it is the second most fatal, trailing only lung cancer. Most colorectal cancers develop from polyps, which are clumps of cells on the walls of the colon. Most polyps are harmless and asymptomatic, and, when detected early, can be removed safely and easily before they have the opportunity to become cancerous. Virtual and traditional colonoscopy are important tools in the early detection of pre-cancerous polyps.
Mar 24, 2015 11:51:00 AM
Colorectal cancer is treatable and has an excellent survival rate when diagnosed early. One of the best ways to detect abnormalities, precancerous indications or early-stage cancer has always been a colonoscopy. Colonoscopies, however, can be uncomfortable and difficult to schedule into a busy lifestyle. CT colonography, also known as virtual colonoscopy, is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional optical colonoscopy. It uses a computed tomography (CT) scan to screen for polyps and other abnormalities in the large intestine. Because it is less invasive than conventional colonoscopy, it carries a lower risk of complications and does not usually require sedation. In the majority of patients who receive virtual colonoscopy, no polyps are found, and the more invasive optical colonoscopy is unnecessary.
Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 PM
Iowa Radiology strives to be the provider of choice in the Des Moines area for imaging services. These are just a few of the reasons you should schedule your next radiologic procedure with us.
Aug 7, 2014 6:00:00 PM
CT colonography, also known as virtual colonoscopy, is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional optical colonoscopy. It uses a computed tomography (CT) scan to screen for polyps and other abnormalities in the large intestine. Because it is less invasive than conventional colonoscopy, it carries a lower risk of complications and does not usually require sedation. In the majority of patients who receive virtual colonoscopy, no polyps are found, and the more invasive optical colonoscopy is unnecessary.