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Virtual Colonography now offered at CIC Horseshoe Pond

Concord Imaging Center (CIC) is excited to announce the addition of CT Colonography (also known as virtual colonoscopy) to its compliment of advanced medical imaging technology for the screening and prevention of colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is currently the 2nd-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. In spite of being preventable in more than 90 percent of cases when colorectal polyps are detected early and removed before cancer develops, only about 15 to 20 percent of people undergo colorectal cancer screening. This is partially attributable to the discomfort of optical colonoscopy, in which a scope is passed via the rectum through the colon.

An alternative and far more comfortable screening technique is CT Colonography. It is quicker, less invasive, and can detect colonic polyps in their early stages as small as 3 mm in diameter. While conventional colonoscopy takes two hours or more to perform, CT Colonography can be completed in about 30 minutes. Also, it requires no sedation allowing patients to resume normal activity almost immediately after the exam. Furthermore, it avoids the risk of colon perforation and bleeding that may occur with conventional optical colonoscopy.

It is Concord Imaging Center’s goal to provide state-of-the-art medical imaging technology for the community. This more comfortable and less invasive exam should lessen apprehension to colorectal cancer screening; improve compliance with screening resulting in earlier detection, earlier treatment and ultimately improved health. This service is now available at the CIC Horseshoe Pond location.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends screening for colon cancer or polyps beginning at age 50 with follow-up screenings every 10 years by conventional optical colonoscopy or every 5 years by CT Colonography. Individuals at increased risk or with a family history of colon cancer may start screening at age 40 or younger with shorter screening intervals.