Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Der Radiologe
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major cause of cancer-related morbidity and mortality. Most colorectal cancers derive from benign precursor lesions, so-called adenomatous polyps, over a long period of time. Colorectal cancer screening is based on the detection of precancerous polyps and early stage CRC in asymptomatic individuals to reduce CRC incidence and mortality. The protective effect of screening programs can be improved by increasing the screening rates. Apart from the established examinations, CT colonography (CTC) has been proposed as an optional test for colorectal cancer screening. The detection rates of CTC for large polyps and cancer are similar to the ones of colonoscopy and superior to stool-based tests. CTC is therefore the radiological test of choice for the detection of colorectal neoplasia. It has replaced double contrast barium enema for almost all indications. As a minimally invasive procedure, CTC has a high safety profile and good patient acceptance. The evaluation of extracolonic organs in addition to the colon can increase examination efficacy. The option to choose CTC as a CRC screening test has the potential to increase the overall screening rates.