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A more relaxing colonoscopy?

CT scans can save lives

Magic 1278 Health with Gerald Quigley
August 20, 2012

A preliminary study suggests that patients who get virtual colonoscopies, which are alternatives to regular colonoscopies, might avoid the unpleasant task of bowel-cleansing with laxatives beforehand.

Colon cancer is a challenging disease, and colonoscopy screening enables doctors to identify, and remove, precancerous polyps.

In a virtual colonoscopy, doctors use a CT scan to inspect the intestines for signs of colon cancer.

The scan uses a contrast agent, which is added to low-fibre meals and snacks for two days before the procedure.

No laxative needed, and a much happier outcome for the patient.

(Annals of Internal Medicine May 15th 2012)

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