High quality colonoscopy:
Colonoscopies performed by board-certified, highly trained endoscopists have been shown to significantly decrease the rate of colon cancer by removing precancerous growths in the colon. Some polyps, particularly those in the right side of the colon, tend to be flatter and difficult to identify. Hurried or inexpert colonoscopy could miss these and other polyps.
Benchmarks of a high quality colonoscopy include:
- High rate of cecal intubation, meaning the endoscopist is usually, if not always, able to reach the cecum, where the colon starts, allowing for a complete evaluation of colon, particularly the right side of the colon, where polyps can be more difficult to identify. Dr. Larsen’s cecal intubation rate is 100%.
- High adenoma detection rate, meaning the endoscopist finds adenomatous polyps in at least 15% of women and 25% of men. The reduction of colon cancer risk hinges on the ability to find precancerous growths. Dr. Larsen’s adenoma rate is 45%.
Who should be screened?
- Anyone age 50 or older
- Anyone with a family history of colon cancer
- Anyone with blood in their stool
Call us to schedule a screening colonoscopy today!