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CAPSULE COLONOSCOPY

ANCHOR LEAD: THERE’S NO GOOD REASON TO CHOOSE CAPSULE COLONSCOPY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Most people dread colonoscopy, and researchers have tried for years to develop a more acceptable technique.  But swallowing a capsule that takes pictures of your colon as it moves through the GI tract has proven disappointing, a recent study reports.  Pam Lipsett, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins, applauds the study.

LIPSETT:  It’s a look at a new technology but it’s a realistic and hard look that says maybe we’re not really getting an okay view.  Maybe it isn’t as good, maybe it’s technology that costs a lot of money but doesn’t have the same benefit and safety as standard optical colonoscopy.   :19

Lipsett recommends staying with the tried and true.

LIPSETT:  I think colonoscopy is the standard for both diagnosis and the ability to actually biopsy and then treat lesions that are identified.    :08

While capsule colonoscopy isn’t ready for prime time, CT colonography may be.  Talk with your doctor about your options. 
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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