American Cancer Society reports that colorectal cancers are the third most common cancers in men and women. In 2000, an estimated
131,000 people developed colorectal cancer and an estimated 56,000 deaths occurred due to colorectal cancer.
The 5-year relative survival rate is 90% for people whose colorectal
cancer is found and treated in an early stage, before it has spread. But, according to the American Cancer Society, only 37% of
colorectal cancers are found at that early stage. Once the cancer has spread to nearby organs or lymph nodes, the 5-year survival
rate drops to 65%. For those whose colorectal cancer spreads to the liver or the lungs, the 5-year relative survival rate is 8%.
The compliance rate for individuals screening for colorectal cancer
nationwide is extremely poor. Virtual Colonoscopy is already improving compliance because patients are more willing to go for
this non-invasive, highly accurate test.
What is the HealthTest EBT Colonography?
The HealthTest EBT Colonography or Virtual Colonoscopy is a new method of looking at the large bowel (colon) to detect polyps
and cancers. This technique uses the EBT scanner and virtual reality software to look inside the body non-invasively and Imatrons
patented EBT technology allows high resolution scanning with only a fraction of the radiation of conventional CT scanners. The
EBT Virtual Colonoscopy is far more comfortable than either the Barium Enema or the Conventional Colonoscopy. It can detect cancers
early, at a time when there is a better chance of cure.
What does the HealthTest EBT Colonography procedure involve?
Unlike traditional Colonoscopy or Barium Enema the HealthTest EBT Colonography does not require anesthesia, intravenous lines,
a colonoscope or need to fill the colon with liquid barium and no hospitalization or recovery period is necessary. It merely involves
a gentle bowel prep given the night before, followed the next day by the scan. The scanning requires you to lie on the scanning
table for about 10-15 minutes. A small amount of air is introduced into the colon through a small enema tip. This allows distention
of the colon to enable the scanner to take beautiful 3D images of the colon including a virtual reality "fly-through".
The images will then be reviewed by a Board Certified, Harvard trained, Radiologist with a subspecialty in Body Imaging.
How accurate is Virtual Colonoscopy?
Studies from major universities are showing that Virtual Colonoscopy is far more accurate for detecting significant polyps
than Barium Enema and is as accurate as invasive colonoscopy. Please call us or e-mail us for copies of these studies.
Who should have colonography?
American Cancer Society colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommend that screening for Colorectal Cancer begin at age
50. People should begin colorectal cancer screening earlier and/or undergo screening more often if they have any of the following
colorectal cancer risk factors:
- A strong family history of colorectal cancer or polyps (cancer
or polyps in a first-degree relative younger than 60 or in two first- degree relatives of any age),
- Families with hereditary colorectal cancer syndromes (familial
adenomatous polyposis and hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer),
- A personal history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps,
- A personal history of chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
Symptoms of Colorectal Cancer :
- A change in bowel habits such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing
of the stool that lasts for more than a few days
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved
by doing so
- Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool
- Cramping or steady abdominal (stomach area) pain
- Decreased appetite
- Weakness and fatigue
- Jaundice (yellow-green discoloration of the skin and white part
of the eyes).
*Other conditions such as infections, hemorrhoids, and inflammatory
bowel disease can also cause these symptoms.
HealthTest, The One Minute Scan That Could Save Your Life.