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Family Docs Do Colonoscopies Safely

Study found no more complications than when specialists perform screening test THURSDAY, Jan. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Colonoscopies performed by family doctors who are trained to conduct the procedure are safe, effective and meet standard quality guidelines for colon cancer screenings, ...

Repeat Colonoscopies Underused in High-Risk Patients

Other research found traditional colonoscopy still better than virtual version TUESDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- The people who most need to have repeat colonoscopies to detect precancerous growths are less likely to get the potentially lifesaving procedures, new research shows. "...

VA Faces Questions Over Tainted Colonoscopies

Former patients could have been infected with HIV, hepatitis via non-sterile equipment TUESDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- The scandal over potentially tainted colonoscopy and endoscopy equipment used at three Veterans' Affairs hospitals made its way to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with U...

High-Risk Blacks Less Likely to Get Colonoscopies

Those with family history are referred less often than whites, study finds TUESDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Even when there is a family history of colon cancer, blacks are much less likely to get colonoscopies than their white counterparts are, a new study finds. While blacks w...

Penn research offers road map to safer pain control, cost savings during colonoscopies

(PHILADELPHIA) At a time when several U.S. health insurers have discontinued payment for use of the sedative propofol during most screening colonoscopies, physicians at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered that an alternative way to administer the drug could both sav...

A Study Questions the Effectiveness of High Speed Colonoscopies

It was strongly believed since its launch that the doctor examining the patients through Colonoscopy would find and cut out any polyps, which is the main source// of most colon cancers. But, now a study findings published in The New England Journal of Medicine says that the doctors performing the p...

GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy June issue study highlights

...08 women and 1,556 men). Summary-level data was analyzed for each endoscopist, including patient mean age, sex profile, mean procedure time, number of colonoscopies performed and the proportions of patients with any-sized polyp, any-sized adenoma, an adenoma one cm or larger in maximum diameter, and multiple (more...

Study Finds Possible Genetic Indicator of Colorectal Cancer

...which look for suspicious polyps, often miss tumors. Among other things, colonoscopies might not detect small polyps, and their success depends on the skill of th...ty of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. And, he said, people also avoid colonoscopies because of the inconvenience and discomfort. Enter the idea of genetic s...

Ambulatory Surgery Centers 'Pivotal' in Moving Outpatient Surgical Services Into Less Expensive, Clinically Appropriate Settings

...e of outpatient surgery. This study found no statistical evidence that ASCs cause an increase in utilization of common Medicare procedures like colonoscopies and cataract surgery. In fact it shows that 70% of the growth in ambulatory surgery centers from 2000 to 2007 is the result of moving procedures...

Colonoscopy Risks Increase With Age and Illness

...researchers say,, MONDAY, June 15 (HealthDay News) -- Screening colonoscopies for colon cancer may be too risky for some elderly patients, a new study fi...e study, Warren's team collected data on 53,220 Medicare recipients who had colonoscopies between July 2001 and October 2005. The researchers compared these patients...
Colonoscopies in Medical Technology

Virtual Colonoscopies Show Value for Some Patients, But Polyps Will Be Missed

ECRI Institute(R) Evidence Report Compares Effectiveness of CT Colonography to Colonoscopy PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The value of CT colonography, also called virtual colonoscopy, is under debate as Medicare considers halting coverage of these procedures as ...

ASGE Urges Patients to Seek a Qualified Endoscopist Before Undergoing a Colonoscopy for Colorectal Cancer

... not a perfect test, this study should not deter anyone from undergoing a colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening. Approximately 70 percent of the colonoscopies performed in this study were not done by gastroenterologists. Studies have shown that missed lesion rates are higher for internists and family practic...

Quality Colonoscopy Exam Remains Best Strategy for Detection of Polyps and Cancers According to Experts From the American College of Gastroenterology

...has a record of performing a complete examination of the colon. Gastroenterologists receive special training in colonoscopy and perform more colonoscopies by far than any other specialty. Their training emphasizes attention to detail and incorporates comprehensive knowledge of the entire GI tract to prov...

Annual FIT Testing Detects Colorectal Cancer Two Years Earlier Than Colonoscopy Alone, Study of High-Risk Population Finds

...king annual FIT testing in high-risk groups -- between planned surveillance colonoscopies -- is valuable because it reduces delays in the diagnosis and treatment of ...lorectal cancer who have had a normal 3-year colonoscopy, and more frequent colonoscopies if polyps are detected or a risk of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal canc...
Colonoscopies in Biological News

Colon cancer screening technique shows continued promise in new study

...im Backman, professor of biomedical engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, obtained biopsies from patients undergoing colonoscopies and found that LEBS could detect the presence of growths elsewhere in the colon even though it just analyzed tissue from the base of the rectum. Th...

HIV-1 kills immune cells in the gut that may never bounce back

...eased incidence of colonic polyps or colorectal cancer, routine monitoring practices will have to be re-examined, with HIV-positive patients receiving colonoscopies earlier and perhaps more frequently than current recommendations allow. In the laboratory, these findings should give researchers another angle with w...
Colonoscopies in Biological Technology

Healthy Advice Networks Announces Improved Patient Outcomes in Physicians' Offices with Healthy Advice Programs

...es with Healthy Advice educational programs, 16.9 percent more patients had PSA tests (prostate cancer screening) and 10.6 percent more patients had colonoscopies (colon cancer screening) compared to patients in practices without Healthy Advice programs. Karin Hayes, Senior Director, Product Management of Wolt...

Colon Cancer Screening Laws Now Cover Half of U.S. Population

...t currently provide coverage for the full range of screening tests when not required by law. The report states: "Most private insurers will only cover colonoscopies for high risk populations" and affirms that health insurance coverage is a factor in low screening rates. ([6]) "Getting people to seek a colon canc...

Medicsight Welcomes U.S. Initiative to Reimburse CT Colonography for Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer

... would also make CTC exams part of the "Welcome to Medicare" program in which Medicare beneficiaries would have their personal co-payments for virtual colonoscopies waived if the exam is conducted within the first six months of enrolment in Medicare, as is currently the case for optical colonoscopy examinations an...
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