Did you know that bowel cancer claims the lives of 80 Australians every week? It is considered Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. Bowel Cancer Awareness month which is held throughout the month of June each year, helps to raise awareness of this disease and the importance of early detection. Colon cancer can often begin as a polyp or noncancerous growth, arising from the lining of the colon and rectum. Research has shown that up to 90% of colon and rectal cancers can be prevented by detecting and removing polyps before they become cancerous.
For this month, Qscan would like to remind our patients of the importance of early detection and the services we currently provide to help detect Bowel Cancer.
Computed Tomography Colonography (CTC): Computed Tomography Colonography (CTC) also known as Virtual Colonoscopy, is a type of CT imaging that is used to look for any significant growths, such as polyps arising from the surface of the colon and rectum. CTC uses a low dose CT along with an advanced computer program to create images of the tissue lining inside the large bowel and colon.
CTC is minimally invasive as it does not require any sedation or the insertion of a camera into the colon. It is also the safest method of examining the large bowel.
MRI Rectum: Depending on where bowel cancer starts, it is sometimes called ‘colon cancer’, ‘rectal cancer’ or ‘colorectal cancer’. MRI is able to provide very clear, detailed images of the tissues around the rectum, to identify the extent of any disease. MRI uses a very strong magnet and radio waves, to obtain cross sectional images of the internal organs. A MRI scan of the Rectum is generally performed if other tests have detected an abnormality or problem, such as the presence of cancer.
MR Enterography: MR Enterography is a special type of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). It uses contrast material to produce detailed images of the small intestine which bowel cancer could reside in. MR Enterography can also pinpoint inflammation, bleeding, small tears in the intestine wall and other problems.
Speak with your doctor to get your referral for a scan or visit our locations page to find your nearest clinic qscan.com.au/locations