Colon cancer screening is currently recommended beginning at age 50 for average risk patients. If you are at higher than average risk, screening may need to begin before age 50.
The traditional method for colon and rectal cancer screening is with optical colonoscopy. In this procedure, the patient is sedated and a small, flexible, catheter-type device with a camera is inserted into
Radiology Associates Imaging offers CT Colonography (also known as Virtual Colonoscopy) as a method to screen for colorectal cancer. This method is less invasive and time-consuming than traditional optical colonoscopy with no needles or sedation required. This examination is performed on our CT scanners after insufflating the colon with air. Once the examination is complete, the imaging data is evaluated by one of our Radiologists on a special computer workstation.
If you would like additional information regarding CT Colonography, please visit the CT Colonography (Virtual Colonoscopy) section of RadiologyInfo.org.