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National Coalition for Quality Colorectal Cancer Screening and Care Conveys Concerns over CT Colonography
Date:10/13/2008

al Colonoscopy (OC)], the researchers themselves note "the number of polypectomies performed ... differed significantly between the two groups, with more than four times as many polyps removed in the OC group as in the CTC group."

Dr. Morris added, "We are deeply troubled by the cost comparisons as developed by the study authors. Reimbursement rates for various procedures are not accurately reflected in the study, and any conclusions based upon those inaccuracies may be equally inaccurate. For example, the total Medicare reimbursement rate for an outpatient colonoscopy does not exceed $1000 which is significantly less than the $3000 sited in the study for colonoscopy reimbursement."

Dr. Stanford Plavin, Coalition Board Vice-Chairperson and Managing Partner of Ambulatory Anesthesia of Atlanta, P.C. noted "CT Colonography offers no real advantage over a Colonoscopy. The bowel still has to be cleansed and prepped for a CT Colonography. The patient will experience considerable discomfort as a mechanical tube is inserted into the rectum to insufflate the bowel. There is no process available to immediately relieve the pressure on the bowel when the CT Colonography is completed. Given the unnecessary exposure to radiation, the failure to report small polyps, and the need for subsequent Colonoscopies, CT Colonography does not measure up against the Colonoscopy, which remains the Gold Standard for colorectal cancer screening."

The National Coalition is committed to making sure that patients make fully informed decisions about what prevention strategies works best when screening for colorectal cancer. Traditional colonoscopies remain the clear choice for most patients both in terms of clinical outcomes and financial costs.

Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, the National Coalition for Quality Colorectal Cancer Screening & Care (http://www.preventingcolorectalcancer.org) has bee
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