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Is CT colonography as good as colonoscopy?

Is CT colonography as good as colonoscopy?

CT colonography has a much lower risk of perforating the colon than conventional colonoscopy. Most people who undergo CT colonography do not have polyps and can be spared having to undergo a full colonoscopy which typically requires sedation.

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a CT colonography?

Virtual colonoscopy is also known as screening CT colonography. Unlike traditional colonoscopy, which requires a scope to be inserted into your rectum and advanced through your colon, virtual colonoscopy uses a CT scan to produce hundreds of cross-sectional images of your abdominal organs.

Can a CT colonography detect cancer?

A CT colonography can help identify potentially cancerous areas in people who cannot have a colonoscopy because of other medical reasons. It’s less invasive than a colonoscopy, but you may still need to have colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy at a later stage so any abnormal areas can be removed or biopsied.

Is a CT colonography painful?

The carbon dioxide used to inflate your bowel will be absorbed quite quickly following the procedure; however some minor abdominal discomfort may remain for 1-2 hours. Returning to your normal diet and moving around will help to ease any remaining discomfort. Pain killers may be taken, if required.

Can I have a CT scan instead of colonoscopy?

CT scans are the best alternative to colonoscopy to investigate bowel cancer. ‘Virtual colonoscopy’ using CT scans is more effective for investigating patients with possible bowel cancer than an X-ray test, says a new study.

What organs does a CT colonography show?

CT (computed tomography) colonography is a test that uses CT scans to check the large bowel (colon) and back passage (rectum). It’s also called a virtual colonoscopy. You have this test as an outpatient in the CT scanning (or radiology) department at the hospital.

What organs does a colonography show?

What are symptoms of stage 1 colon cancer?


  • A persistent change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool.
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool.
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain.
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely.
  • Weakness or fatigue.

What does your poop look like if you have colon cancer?

Blood from in the bowel becomes dark red or black and can make poop stools look like tar. Such poop needs to be investigated further. Poop which is bright red may be a sign of colon cancer. Red poop may be seen in cancers of the lower intestine.

What happens after CT colonography?

You may have some bloating or pain in your tummy (abdomen) after the test. This is due to the carbon dioxide or air put into the bowel. This should go away shortly afterwards. There is a small risk of a tear (perforation) in your bowel.

What happens when you have a CT colonography?

CT colonography involves using a scanner to produce two and three dimensional images of the whole of the large bowel (colon and rectum). called ‘Virtual Colonoscopy’. During CT colonography, gas will be used to inflate your bowel via a thin flexible tube placed in your back passage.

Which is more accurate CT scan or colonoscopy?

CT scans found polyps at a size most likely to turn cancerous in 91 percent of patients, compared with 95% of patients identified using standard colonoscopy. CT scan screening detected 20 out of 22 confirmed lesions that were 10 millimeters or greater in size, while the standard colonoscopy found 21 out of 22.

Why do CT scan after colonoscopy?

Colon CT scans are less invasive than traditional colonoscopies. Colon CT scans can provide very detailed views of polyps. Rupturing of the colon wall is a possible side effect of a colon CT scan. Typically, a colon CT scan is an x-ray of the entire colon and rectum.

What is a colonoscopy vs virtual colonoscopy?

Virtual colonoscopy is less invasive and faster to perform than traditional colonoscopy and does not require conscious sedation. Even though virtual colonoscopy is less invasive than traditional colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy still involves injecting air into the colon, which can be uncomfortable for some patients.

Is CT colonography accurate?

Computed tomographic (CT) colonography is a noninvasive option in screening for colorectal cancer. However, its accuracy as a screening tool in asymptomatic adults has not been well defined.

What is a CT scan for colonoscopy?

CT scans use radiation (X-rays) to form images while colonoscopy uses a flexible instrument equipped with a light and camera to form images, and it may be used to collect biopsy of colon tissues and/or polyp removal. CT scans are quick, painless, noninvasive and do not require extensive…