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American Cancer Society Recommends Virtual Colonoscopy
Date:3/12/2008

New five-year colon screening guidelines support advanced test offered at

Detroit-based EBT Heart & Body Imaging 'This is a major step forward and will soon provide a clinically proven alternative for millions each year who avoid the unpleasant traditional

colonoscopy.' - Dr. Marc Kahn, EBT Heart & Body Imaging

DETROIT, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit area physician Dr. Marc Kahn says the new American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines announcing the inclusion of virtual colonoscopy (VC) in its updated colon cancer screening guidelines is a major step forward in the fight against colon cancer. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

The ACS guidelines were issued in coordination with the American College of Radiology and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer (a group that comprises representatives from the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy). It marks the first-ever joint consensus guidelines for colorectal cancer screening and the first time that virtual colonoscopy has made the ACS's list of acceptable screening tests.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and the third most common cancer among men and women in the U.S., according to the ACS. The disease, which mainly strikes patients over 50, claimed an estimated 73,470 deaths in 2007 and produced 145,290 new cases. Yet, only one-third to one-half of the 70 million people eligible for screening in the U.S. ever get tested.

"Tens of thousands die needlessly each year waiting for reimbursement of this valuable procedure," said Kahn, medical director of EBT Heart & Body Imaging in Detroit. "VC has proven itself in multiple studies and is completely justified to be incorporated into routine colon cancer screenings. Hopefully, third party payers, physicians and medical societies will use this information to expedite issuing reimbursement codes and physician training."

Kahn observed that it will still probably be at least a year or two before the procedure is covered by insurance. In the meantime, Kahn's center will continue to provide the virtual colonoscopy -- also known as CT colonography -- to residents on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.

Virtual colonoscopy is a clinically validated, minimally invasive procedure that uses CT scanning technology to produce a three-dimensional fly-through of the entire colon with no sedation required. Patients can resume normal activity immediately after the procedure.

Virtual colonoscopy is one of the four recommended tests to screen for colon cancer:

-- CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every five years

-- flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years

-- colonoscopy every 10 years

-- double contrast barium enema every five years

Preliminary results of the National CT Colonography Trial (ACRIN 6664) coordinated by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) have found that virtual colonoscopy is just as accurate as optical (traditional) colonoscopy for the detection of cancer and clinically significant polyps when conducted with proper training and techniques. Detailed results of the study are expected to be published later this spring.

For more information on EBT Heart & Body Imaging, visit http://www.ebtheartandbody.com or call 248-358-3225.

About EBT Heart & Body Imaging

EBT Heart & Body Imaging in Detroit 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. The information contained in this press release is not meant to provide medical advice or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or other healthcare professional or contact EBT Heart & Body Imaging http://www.ebtheartandbody.com.


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