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Gastroenterology sets standards for CT colonography
Date:9/7/2007

correlation and visualization of the colonic lumen.

  • CT colonography images should be archived for later comparison.

  • Primary 2D or primary 3D review of the endoluminal surface of the colon and rectum is required.

Guidelines from multiple agencies and professional societies, including the AGA Institute, underscore the importance of colorectal cancer screening for all individuals 50 years of age and older (younger for certain groups known to be at higher risk). The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the Multi-Specialty Task Force, and others have published recommendations for screening for colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Currently, recommended screening tests include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema, and fecal occult blood tests.

The AGA Institute formed the CT Colonography Task Force to develop minimum training standards for gastroenterologists in order to provide guidance, and to ensure minimum training competencies are upheld for the performance of the exam. The AGA Institute continues to monitor CT colonography along with other potential colorectal cancer screening tests, and will continue to develop guidance tools and reports as appropriate. The AGA Institute will host a course on CT colonography for gastroenterologists on March 7-8, 2008, in Washington, DC. Additional information will be available this fall.


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