17% of U.S. hospitals now provide virtual colonoscopy



Medicare does not currently reimburse routine screening with virtual colonoscopy, but it does cover evaluations with "regular" colonoscopy.

References:

Virtual Colonoscopy Gains in Popularity. Is It Right for You? TIME.
Colonoscopy Developer Dies at 94 - NYTimes http://goo.gl/iBnOp - Dr. Wolff was unconventional and surely made headlines in his day.
When President Obama underwent his first-ever colon cancer screening last year, he chose virtual colonoscopy. USA Today.
Cleveland Clinic Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. Get your score in 2 minutes (free).

Comments from Twitter:

@DrSilge (Robert Silge, MD): What are your thoughts? Inability to biopsy, extra radiation... I don't see benefit. W/ fam hist of Colon ca, I won't be signing up.

@DrVes: Correct, "physical" colonoscopy is the procedure of choice rather than the virtual one. In any case, the preparation is the toughest part and is the same for both procedures.

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