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Colon Cancer Awareness Month Begins With the News That President Obama Selected 'Virtual Colonoscopy' For His Colon Cancer Screening
Date:3/8/2010

The reasons why VC was chosen for the President's exam is like any other patient/doctor decision; it is between them and based on individual circumstances.  The only advantage the President had compared to most of us is his health plan covered it as an option.

Virtual Colonoscopy offers a minimally invasive, cost effective exam that only takes a few minutes to complete and does not require patient sedation. In several screening studies conducted over the past 5 years, patients have preferred this test over optical colonoscopy for screening. The test entails two quick CT scans with the data reconstructed in 3D so the physician can examine the colon using a virtual fly-through.

At present our healthcare system is spending billions of dollars for the treatment of colon cancer instead of on prevention. Virtual Colonoscopy offers a viable, less invasive option for colon cancer screening, and helps increase screening compliance. The technology for this screening exam has been clinically tested and re-tested for close to 10 years in the U.S.

Last year the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) denied reimbursement of this procedure for screening in a controversial decision.  They felt there was not enough evidence to show this exam was good for their constituents
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