2016-06-16 15:22:18 UTC

Colonoscopy 103: Ensuring a High-Quality Colonoscopy

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It is important to know what makes a high-quality colonoscopy. At a time when it’s easier to compare the costs of tests like a colonoscopy, keep in mind that high cost doesn’t necessarily mean high quality. Here are some key questions to ask your doctor to make sure you are getting a high-quality colonoscopy:

1. How often do you reach the start of the large intestine?

The most skilled doctors reach it more than 95 percent of the time.

2. How often does a patient’s poor bowel prep lead to an incomplete exam?

Hopefully, it’s less than 15 percent of the time.

3. How often do you find polyps during routine screenings?

It’s common to find them in about 25 percent of routine screenings.

4. When should I return for a follow-up exam?

Most patients don’t need another exam for 10 years.

For more information on high-quality colonoscopies, click here.


© AGA, September 2017

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