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By Dr. A. Minocha, author of "How To Stop Heartburn: Simple Ways to Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux" and "Natural Stomach Care: Treating and Preventing Digestive Disorders with Best of Eastern and Western Therapies"
a Myth or a Fact?
"CT scan is better than GI scope (endoscopy) for examining the bowels........"
This concept is frequently brought up by my patients when I recommend a colonoscopy or gastroscopy. They are quick to ask, "Why not CT scan or MRI"? Well, every test, howsoever good cannot be good for everything. The CT scan is good for solid structures in the body but is an insensitive method of detecting diseases of the hollow structures such as the the bowels. CT scan may be able to detect abnormalities in latter cases when the disease is severe. In case of cancer, the horse would already be out of the barn by then. However, if we find a cancer on scoping the patient, CT scan is frequently performed to look for spread of cancer to other parts of the body especially solid organs like liver and lungs etc.
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