Virtual Colonography

Virtual Colonography from Manukau Radiology & Specialist Centre

By: Manukau Radiology & Specialist Centre  02-Oct-2008
Keywords: Radiology, Mri, Bone Density

CT colonography has undergone intensive study and rapid evolution in the past 10 years. It provides a relatively non-invasive diagnostic evaluation of the colon with good patient acceptability. Proper training is necessary to learn how to perform it properly, prepare patients effectively, interpret and report the scans accurately. Radiologists at Manukau Radiology has been performing CTC for several years now and Dr’s Jennifer Donald, Jocelyn Homer and Stewart Hawkins recently attended a full day update “Masterclass in CT Colonography” lead by Dr Rolf Janka, Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology at the University of Erlangen, Germany. Dr Janka is the co-author of the German guidelines on CT colonography. The course format combined lectures, hands-on training, mentored case reviews, video demonstrations and 3D post-processing. CT colonography can detect colon cancer at its earliest, most curable, stages. It is already approved for use in the U.K. for high-risk asymptomatic patients. The NZ National Screening Advisory Committee noted the guaiac faecal occult blood test (FOBT) has a sensitivity of only 50 percent and does not recommend this on a population basis. Where should GP’s and their patients turn for help? CT Colonography at Manukau Radiology is a reliable, safe and cost effective means of ruling out colon cancer and polyps in your patients.

Keywords: Bone Density, Interventional Radiology, Mri, Radiology, Virtual Colonography

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