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April 14, 2008

Extracolonic Findings With Computed Tomographic ColonographyAsset or Liability?

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Copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2008

Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(7):685-686. doi:10.1001/archinte.168.7.685

Computed tomographic colonography (CTC) was developed as a screening test for colorectal cancer. This test detects large polyps and cancers about as well as optical colonoscopy,1 suggesting that it, like currently accepted tests, can reduce colorectal cancer incidence and mortality. But unlike other colorectal cancer screening tests, CTC also visualizes the abdomen and lower thorax and finds abnormalities there too. Is this extra information an asset or a liability?

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