Health Watch - Aging: Colonoscopy

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This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about ways you can cope with aging or deal with some of the health issues that come with age. One of the risks that come with age is colon cancer, and regular screenings starting at age 50 are key to early diagnosis and treatment. But too many people avoid these screenings.

Traditional colonoscopy isn’t pleasant, and that may keep some people from this life-saving screening. A new, non-invasive technique could help take some of the discomfort and embarrassment out of the process. It uses computerized tomography scanning and virtual reality computer software to create a three-dimensional image of the colon.

Dr. Cecelia Brewington, a radiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this technique is almost as accurate as conventional colonoscopy, though it’s not recommended for patients who have had polyps or colon cancer.

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November 2010


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