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colonoscopy

[‚kō·lə′näs·kə·pē]
(medicine)
Visual examination of the inner surface of the colon by means of an endoscope.
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Medicare coverage for virtual colonoscopy would provide access to a proven test that more seniors may use.
Virtual colonoscopy dealt setback with rejection for coverage by Medicare.
Results from recent trials including the National CTC Trial conducted by the ACR Imaging Network (ACRIN) that demonstrated the effectiveness of virtual colonoscopy as a screening procedure, coupled with recent initiatives to establish Medicare reimbursement for the procedure, may increase the viability of virtual colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening and are likely to drive increased utilization of the procedure.
Speaking at an international symposium on virtual colonoscopy sponsored by Boston University, Dr.
However, in the trial, virtual colonoscopy slightly underperformed against colonoscopy in identifying polyps as small as 6 mm.
As yet, Medicare and most insurance companies do not reimburse the cost of virtual colonoscopy for colon cancer screening.
He also says that, from a society's standpoint, virtual colonoscopy would result in a significant reduction of cancer deaths.
In another study, virtual colonoscopy had advantages for follow-up of targeted populations.
Virtual colonoscopy is presently being offered along with standard sigmoidoscopy at the University of Chicago and at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where the procedure is being done on a limited basis when requested by a patient.
For all of the above, plus the virtual colonoscopy, plan on spending $1,325.
The virtual colonoscopy procedure involves insertion of a small enema tip into the rectum, accompanied by carbon dioxide gas to inflate the colon.
Increasing screening compliance is vitally important in the fight against colorectal cancer and virtual colonoscopy can attract those who can't or won't choose other forms of screening.

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