Rhode Island Medical Imaging

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Virtual Colonoscopy (CTC)

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. If everyone over 50 years of age was regularly screened, as many as 80% of these deaths could be prevented. Unfortunately, many patients avoid regular screenings because of sedation concerns, the invasive nature, or the length of time associated with colonoscopy.

One available option is CT Colonography (CTC), also known as Virtual Colonoscopy. CTC is a screening study comprised of 2D and 3D images of the colon which a radiologist reads to detect polyps or cancer. This technique is less invasive than standard colonoscopy and provides other benefits as well:

  • There are no risks from sedation or anesthesia
  • You do not need a separate driver for after the exam
  • You can immediately resume normal activity after the exam
  • The CT scan for a virtual colonoscopy can be done in as little as 10 minutes
  • There is a decreased risk of bleeding and infection as compared to a regular colonoscopy

CT Colonography Screening Handout

Virtual Colonoscopy Brochure

 

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As a radiologist who specializes in the lungs and heart, I have seen too many examples of how devastating lung cancer can be for patients and their families. Many of my patients have been smoking for decades, starting when they were very young, or even kids. Quitting can be extremely difficult, and even after someone conquers the addiction, there are long-term health effects from smoking.

Too few current and former smokers are aware that a new method of lung-cancer screening may be available to them, and may even save their lives. Low-dose CT screening enables early detection of lung cancer, before it causes any signs or symptoms. It allows doctors to find and treat the cancer before it spreads.