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Utility of minimal preparation computed tomography colonography in detecting colorectal cancer in elderly and frail patients

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Colorectal cancers result in substantial morbidity and mortality to the Australian society each year. The usual investigation for bowel malignancy is optical colonoscopy (OC), with computed tomography colonography (CTC) used as an alternative investigation. The catharsis and colon insufflation associated with these investigations pose a higher risk in the elderly and frail. Risks include perforation, serum electrolyte disturbance and anaesthesia/sedation risks. Minimal preparation computed tomography colonography (MPCTC) eliminates these risks.
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Keywords: colorectal cancer; computed tomography; diagnosis; elderly; frail; minimal preparation CT colonography

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2018

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