First-Ever Virtual Colonoscopies Introduced at BHB

Bermuda Hospitals Board’s Diagnostic Imaging Department today announces a new diagnostic service that offers a non-surgical option for individuals requiring colonoscopies. CT Colonography, also known as virtual colonoscopy, is preferred for certain people because it is less invasive and does not require anesthetic.

Dr. Daniel Stovell, Chief of Radiology, comments: “CT Colonography offers another option for people who require a colonoscopy and through choice, or for medical reasons, do not fit the criteria for surgery. A low dose of radiation is required for the CT scan, therefore patients should discuss which option is best for them with their referring physician.”

CT Colonography is used to screen for polyps or cancers in the large intestine. Polyps are growths on the inner lining of the intestine. Some polyps may grow and turn into cancers. The goal of screening with CT Colonography is to find these growths in their early stages, so that they can be removed before cancer has had a chance to develop.

Renee Butterfield, Manager of Diagnostic Imaging, comments: “We are extremely pleased to be offering this new procedure for people in Bermuda. Colonoscopies are recommended for men and women over the age of 50. We hope the addition of a non-invasive option will encourage people to have this test because finding cancer early, or finding polyps in a pre-cancerous stage, gives you the best chance of survival. We are very thankful to the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda, whose donation funded the new 128 Slice CT scanner.”

The new 128 CT Scanner was officially opened by the Minister of Health, the Hon. Zane De Silva, JP MP, the Hospitals Auxiliary of Bermuda and BHB in February of this year.

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