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ACR Supports American Cancer Society Inclusion of CT Colonography (Virtual Colonoscopy) as Recommended Screening Tool for Colorectal Cancer in New Screening Guidelines
Date:3/5/2008

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Radiology concurs with the American Cancer Society (ACS) that the latest published research and preliminary results of recently completed trials support the inclusion of Computed Tomographic Colonography (CTC) -- also known as virtual colonoscopy -- as a front-line screening exam for colorectal cancer.

In the first-ever joint consensus guidelines for colorectal cancer screening, released jointly by the ACS, ACR, 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), CTC now is included as one of several options for colorectal cancer screening and prevention in average-risk adults age 50 years and older and recommended to be received once every five years.

CT colonography employs cutting-edge, virtual reality technology to produce three-dimensional "fly through" images that permit a thorough and minimally invasive evaluation of the entire colorectal structure. No sedation is required for the exam, allowing patients to resume normal activity, including driving, immediately after the procedure.

Since most colon cancers develop from polyps, and screening to find and remove these polyps can prevent colon cancer, an enormous opportunity exists to save lives with early detection. Yet, despite the known benefits of screening, studies indicate that the majority of Americans aged 50 and older are not being screened for the disease.

"CT colonography, as a minimally invasive exam, can potentially encourage many more people to choose to be screened for colorectal cancer. This could result in early detection of the disease for more patients, increasing the chance of successful treatment, and potentially reduce colorectal cancer deaths nationwide," said Arl Van Moore Jr., M.D., FACR,
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