WILMETTE, Il. - Officials at the Institute for Quality Improvement (IQI) have found that more polyps are being removed per colonoscopy procedure than in previous studies.
"Data collected continues to support findings that a colonoscopy, reaching areas of the bowel that other tests do not and allowing removal of lesions and polyps during the procedure, may lead to early detection of cancer in a substantial number of people whose colon cancer would otherwise go undetected," says Bernard A. Kershner, chairman of IQI.
The study examined 939 cases nationally and found: 90 percent of polyps were found per procedure, compared to 84 percent in 2001; 60 percent of participating organizations decreased procedure time; 68 percent of patients reported minimal or no discomfort with bowel preparations; 57 percent reported no discomfort during the procedure.
The IQI is a subsidiary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.