Medicare won't cover virtual colonoscopy - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/13/09

Medicare won't cover virtual colonoscopy

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Recently, we told you all about virtual colonoscopy, a non-invasive screening for colon cancer. Wednesday, Medicare announced it will not cover that exam because there's not enough evidence that it's worth it.

Instead of the traditional scope that goes into the colon with a camera, virtual colonoscopy uses a CT scan to look first from the outside. The hope was that more people might get tested if they knew they would never need the scope unless the scan spotted something suspicious.

The American Cancer Society says it is very disappointed since virtual colonoscopy could have given seniors a good screening option.

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