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Virtual Colonoscopy vs. Traditional Colonoscopy

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

PATIENT QUESTIONS REGARDING VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY, ALSO KNOWN AS CT COLONOGRAPHY, VERSUS COLONOSCOPY FOR COLON CANCER SCREENING

 CT colonography may eventually be a useful test, however, it has significant limitations.

  1. It is not as precise as colonoscopy in finding small polyps. More importantly, it will miss flat polyps or depressed polyps. These are important because they have a higher risk of becoming colon cancer.
  2. Approximately 35% of people who have routine screening colonoscopy will have polyps. Therefore, if they have had a CT colonography and polyps are found, they will need a colonoscopy anyway. Therefore, they will then have had two procedures, instead of one.
  3. Not uncommonly, other unexpected abnormalities are detected at the time of colonoscopy. Most of these would not be found on CT colonography.
  4. CT colonography is painful because of all of the air that is used to distend the colon. The air is not removed afterwards, as it is with colonoscopy. Therefore, CT colonography can be quite uncomfortable.
  5. CT colonography is less expensive than colonoscopy. However, if one ends up needing two procedures instead of one, it ends up being more expensive. Because of the way we do colonoscopies at Saltzer Medical Group without a facility fee, our costs are much less anyway than if procedures are done elsewhere, such as hospital or out-patient endoscopy centers.
  6. Within the last year, a federally appointed, blue-ribbon panel of health experts extensively reviewed  the issue of CT colonography being used for colon cancer screening. It’s recommendations were that it was not the best available test and, therefore, it would not be covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

For a downloadable, printable PDF of this article, click here.

Saltzer Imaging: an interview

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Here is an interview with Drew Taylor, Director of Saltzer Imaging. The interview was conducted by Justin Foster of Tricycle.

Web 2.0 and Saltzer Medical Group

Monday, January 21st, 2008

We’ve been getting very excited about the changes taking place at www.saltzermed.com and finally, it’s here! If you’re a regular user of internet sites, you will be used to terms such as ‘blog’, ‘podcast’ and ‘web 2.0’. If you aren’t used to those terms, it boils down to this: content. We want to provide fresh, informative content that you can trust. In the medical field, there are a vast amount of websites out there, some trustworthy, some not so, but you don’t go to a doctor in Arizona – you live in Idaho and see a doctor here. So to add to the fresh, informative content, we want to provide you with local news and info.

I attended a lunch at the Meridian Chamber of Commerce about 18 months ago and heard a member of the Blueline Marketing team speak about the use of Web 2.0 technology to communicate with customers. (BlueLine Marketing have since become Tricycle Consulting and RIAFox)

I began thinking and dreaming of how it could be implemented in the medical world to be a useful tool for our patients, and, after meetings, discussions, planning and preparation, this is what we came up with.

The physicians of Saltzer Medical Group will be posting blogs on this website, communicating news and ideas to you that are important to them. You will be able to get to know your physicians better through this site, and to gain valuable, local knowledge. And that’s just the start. At the end of last year, we implemented a medical records program called eClinicalWorks and our plans include the use of the patient portal. This portal, once active (tentatively in 12 months time) will provide patients access to their statements, with bill paying ability, and also to receive communication from their physicians.

We believe that technology serves a purpose, and here it is to better serve our patients. Enjoy the site and let us know your thoughts on the new look!

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