Navigation Links
Virtual Colonoscopy May Be Better Than Real-time Colonoscopy

Computed tomographic colonography (CTC) depicts cancers and other clinically important conditions that would be missed // with standard colonoscopy and at very little additional cost, according to a study in the August issue of Radiology.

"The chance of finding cancer outside the colon may be as significant as the chance of finding cancer inside the colon," said Judy Yee, M.D., Chief of Radiology at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and associate professor and Vice Chair of Radiology at University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. CTC, also known as virtual colonoscopy, is a non-invasive screening method for colon cancer.

Virtual colonoscopy uses a series of CT images to visually reconstruct the interior of the colon on a computer. Unlike standard colonoscopy--which explores only the interior of the colon, virtual colonoscopy depicts the surrounding areas as well. "Using the same amount of radiation as a non-contrast CT scan of the abdomen/pelvis, you can do a virtual colonoscopy and screen the surrounding abdominal and pelvic area," Dr. Yee said.

To evaluate the prevalence of extra-colonic findings at virtual colonoscopy and to determine the cost of follow-up testing, Dr. Yee and colleagues performed CTC on 500 men, including 194 (39 percent) considered average risk and 306 (61 percent) at high risk for colon cancer. The mean age of the men was 62.5.

Of the 500 patients in the study, 315 (63 percent) had extra-colonic findings. Forty-five (9 percent) patients had clinically important extra-colonic findings. Findings deemed clinically important included large aneurysms, suspicious lesions and masses in the solid organs of the abdomen, lymphadenopathy, pulmonary nodules and gallbladder wall thickening. The mean additional cost per CTC exam to work up the important findings was $28.12.

"The fact that the additional cost was so low indicates that this procedure is potentially cost effective, not only in regards to the colonoscopy but for other conditions as well," Dr. Yee said.

Dr. Yee's research represents the longest follow-up (3.6 years) of patients after CTC and is one of the first to include average-risk patients among the study cohort. There was no significant difference between the numbers of clinically important findings in average- and high-risk patients.

Ref: "Incidentally Discovered Extracolonic Abnormalities at CT Colonography in a Male Population." Naveen N. Kumar, M.D., Suchitra Godara, M.B.B.S., Janice Casamina, M.D., Robert Hom, M.D., Gregory Galdino, M.D., Peter Dell, M.D., and Darice Liu, M.D., collaborated with Dr. Yee on this paper.

Contact: Maureen Morley
mmorley@rsna.org
630-590-7762
Radiological Society of North America

News Source: Eureka Alert

Further Information about Top Ten Foods that an help in Avoiding Cancer - from Medindia

Top Ten Super Food Items That Can Help In Avoiding Cancer

It is believed that almost one-third of all cancers are preventable by changes in our life style and food habits. Exercising regularly and loosing excess weight also helps. To lose weight one should also have fiber rich food. The National Cancer Institute in US recently approved the dietary guidance: "Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases." These foods are rich with antioxidants and protect the DNA from damage by free-radicals.

Read about these foods by clicking on the link below:

http://www.medindia.net/News/view_news_main.asp?x=3821&t=gn
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Stanford Medical Center Implements The First Virtual Cardiac Ultrasound
2. Virtual Reality For Treating Stress Disorders
3. Hip Replacement Can Now Be Performed On Virtual Patients
4. Virtual Reality Simulation Could Help In Training Surgeons
5. New Studies Show The Efficacies Of Virtual Realities Vis-à-vis Pai
6. Virtual Meeting Place Unites Patients with Brain Tumors and Neurosurgical Disorders
7. Virtual Colonoscopy in Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Screening
8. The Tech Savvy Patient Knocks on the Doors of Telemedicine and Virtual Clinics
9. Virtual Colonoscopy is Most-effective for Screening Colon Cancer
10. Colonoscopy Could Also Identify Heart Attack Risk
11. Colonoscopy may be better to detect colon cancer in women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their media ... Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice ... X users can now reveal the media of their split screens with growing ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star rating to Best Buy Eyeglasses, an ... United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to be a purely functional part ... fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way of creating an iconic image—like ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements ... that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and ... main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... TX (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin ... of the American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical ... and highly effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe earned his Bachelors ... Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine at Scripps Green ... hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the opportunity to train ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)...  VMS Rehab Systems, Inc. ( www.vmsrehabsystemsinc.com ) reported ... required to build a strong and stable market for ... on the OTC Markets-pink current trading platform. ... are seeing an anomaly in market trading activities that ... the Company, but shareholders and market players as well. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , June 24, 2016 ... GBT ), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics ... significant unmet needs, today announced the closing of ... shares of common stock, at the public offering ... shares in the offering were offered by GBT. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ALEXANDRIA, Va. , June 24, 2016 ... a set of recommendations that would allow ... information (HCEI) with entities that make formulary and coverage ... determine the "value" of new medicines. The ... that does not appear on the drug label, a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: