Computed tomographic colonography (virtual colonoscopy) is method colorectal cancer screening that uses X-rays and computers to take 2- or 3-D images of your colon and rectum.
A number of major health insurers cover the procedure. However, because policies differ, check with your health insurance provider to confirm your options. Be aware that Medicare does not yet cover virtual colonoscopy.
Just like a conventional colonoscopy, the colon must be cleaned out prior to a virtual colonoscopy.
This means you will need to follow a clear liquid diet and do a full bowel prep before the test.
This test is done in a room with a CT scanner.
Initiative aims to reduce stigma and educate about screening choices, as the Colorectal Cancer Alliance launches a health equity fund to decrease disparities.
On the horizon are blood tests that have shown the ability to detect a variety of cancers including colorectal and rare cancers. Though these tests are still in development and are not yet approved by the FDA, clinical trials have shown impressive results.
In February of 2022, John and Mary experienced the unimaginable. Their 36-year-old son, Jonathan, died of stage IV colon cancer. Though Jonathan had been dealing with ulcerative colitis from the time he was twelve, no one would have predicted this outcome twenty-four years later.