EBT-Heart & Body Imaging Reveals 3D Virtual Colonoscopy Screening; Quick, Effective and Patient-Friendly Alternative to Traditional Colonoscopy Gains Credibility and Acceptance.
"You can't force people to get a traditional colonoscopy," says EBT-Heart & Body Medical Director Dr. Marc Kahn. "And that's why virtual colonoscopy is catching on; it doesn't have the fear factor associated with it. It's simply a better test in most cases and one that continues to gain acceptance in the medical community and with the public."
While traditional colonoscopy is preferable under certain circumstances and offers the capability of immediate removal of discovered polyps, Kahn says the virtual colonoscopy has a lot to offer patients, doctors and insurers. He points to a growing body of evidence that virtual colonoscopy will soon become a primary method for colorectal cancer screening.
"Research continues to show that virtual colonoscopy is much closer to being an ideal screening test, with a lighter prep, no risks, a more comprehensive view of the colon and immediate return to normal activities," says Kahn, "so patients and their physicians need to be aware of the important comparative advantage that the virtual colonoscopy procedure offers."
EBT-Heart & Body Virtual Colonoscopy vs. Traditional Colonoscopy Virtual Colonoscopy Traditional Colonoscopy Diagnostic Sees 100% of the interior Typically only sees about Power and exterior colon. Reaches 80% of the interior of the cecum universally. the colon, as total Detects hard to find "reverse navigation" is superficial (flat) lesions not possible. Reaches the as well as conventional cecum about 95% of time. colonoscopy. Procedure A miniature rubber tube is Telescope tube of inserted two inches by the 1.5 inches in diameter client or a technician. This travels five feet into device allows painless CO2 large intestine gas to expand the colon for easy viewing. Complications Zero risk of perforation or Possibility of serious complications perforation (1 in 1500) or serious complications Anesthesia No anesthesia necessary Must receive anesthesia with associated risks and need for monitoring Recovery Can resume normal Must recover from the activity immediately anesthesia and cannot drive following the procedure Preparation More gentle bowel Bowel must be vigorously preparations and shorter cleansed, typically special diet because involving large volumes computer can electronically of unpalatable solutions. "cleanse" residue stool Longer special-prep diet to allow proper viewing. Time Required 20 minutes Half day at a surgical center/clinic, bed rest to follow Cost About $750 Usually more than $1200
Kahn notes that virtual colonoscopy actually costs significantly less than traditional colonoscopy and it is starting to be covered by more insurance providers.
About EBT-Heart & Body Imaging
EBT-Heart & Body Imaging serves the Greater Detroit Community with state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology. Located in Southfield, Michigan, the facility offers lung, heart, and full body scans as well as virtual colonoscopy and traditional CT scanning. EBT Heart & Body physicians, technologists and professional staff bring personal care in a warm and friendly setting, treating each patient as an individual. For more information about EBT Heart & Body Imaging, call 248-358-3225, visit us at Franklin Medical Building, 26400 West 12 Mile Road, Suite 114 in Southfield, MI 48304, or online at http://www.ebt-heartandbody.com/.
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