Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) joins our affiliates at Capitol Imaging Services in recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Month.

According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, nearly 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease in 2021. Colorectal cancer refers to cancer in the colon and/or rectum, or both.

According to the Alliance, colorectal cancer is “very treatable when it is discovered early.”

What are the symptoms?

The Alliance asks if any of the following applies to you:

  • Have you seen a change in your bowel habits?
  • Do you have persistent abdominal discomfort?
  • Do you have rectal bleeding?
  • Do you feel weak or fatigued?
  • Do you have unexplained weight loss?

If any of the above are circumstances that you have in your physical health, talk to your doctor Be proactive! But also know that the most common symptom of colorectal cancer is no symptom at all. The Alliance recommends that if you are over the age of 50, you should get screened. There are several screening test options. Talk with your doctor about which is right for you.

Virtual CT Colonography screening service at DIS

CT (Computed Tomography) colonography is an option to consider to screen for colon cancer. Diagnostic Imaging Services recommends discussing colon cancer screening options with your doctor or medical provider to determine whether CT colonography is a viable option for you.

Typically, CT colonography may be used to screen for colon cancer in people who are at least 50 years of age and at average risk for the disease. Some people with an increased risk, such as those with a family history of colon cancer, may need to start screening sooner.

A screening CT colonography is covered by most health insurance plans, with the exception of Medicare and Managed Medicare plans. The age requirement to undergo this screening is 50 years of age or above.

CT colonography is performed at the DIS Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard center. Call 504-883-5999 or 985-641-2390 to schedule a visit.

Click here to learn more about colonography services offered by DIS.