Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance petitions for greater computed tomography colonography use

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance issued a statement supporting new guidelines to begin colorectal cancer screening at age 45, but also petitioned for greater recognition of computed tomography colonography.

The alliance issued the statement in support of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation Dec. 3, but also encouraged the task force and other professional societies to educate the public on the value of "advanced screening options," like computer tomography colonography.

The letter said: "For many, CRC screening is synonymous with colonoscopy, without knowledge of the availability, risks and benefits of other options. For this reason, we recommend that USPSTF partner with other public health agencies, professional societies, and patient groups to ensure that the public is fully aware of all the available screening options. This would greatly enhance adherence to these guidelines."

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