Is virtual colonoscopy safe for senior citizens?

This question was asked in Harrington, Delaware on 04/23/2012.
My mother is 83 years old. Is virtual colonoscopy safer for her than regular colonoscopy?

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 4/25/2012

Colonoscopy is a very safe procedure, but patient health factors need to be considered. Colonoscopy still remains the "Gold Standard" for colon cancer screening. Please speak with your primary care doctor about the need to talk with a gastroenterologist. We are accepting new patients at Indianapolis Gastroenterology if you are in need of this specialty.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 4/24/2012

Virtual colonoscopies are equally as safe. However, the guidelines recommend not to screen for colon cancer after the age of 75 unless there are symptoms.