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  • 06.16.16

    AMIC Applauds USPSTF Confirmation of CT Colonography as an Effective Colorectal Cancer Screening Option

    Washington, D.C. – The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) today applauded the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for confirming that computed tomography (CT) colonography is an effective colorectal cancer screening option. In the final recommendation issued yesterday, USPSTF assigned an “A” grade to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in those ages 50-75 years and provided a list of recognized screening exams, which included CT colonography.

    “We are pleased that USPSTF has recognized the numerous benefits of CT colonography for Medicare patients,” said Tim Trysla, executive director of AMIC. “CTC is the least invasive available procedure for detecting cancerous polyps, which makes it a more appealing procedure to patients who may otherwise avoid getting screened early, when cancer is most treatable—highlighting that that the most effective screening method is the one that is used. CT colonography especially meets a need among minorities where screening rates are historically lower and we now hope that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will recognize its benefits and expand access to this life-saving technology for populations that need it most.”

    Though it can be preventable, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women and it is expected to kill nearly 50,000 Americans in 2016. Congressmen Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Danny Davis (D-IL) have recently introduced HR 4632, the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act of 2016 which asks that Medicare be required to cover CTC as a colorectal cancer screening option for patients 65 and older.

    AMIC has long stressed the importance of working to identify policies that safeguard patient access to appropriate medical imaging services, and will continue to work with policymakers to realize the goals of efficient, clinically-targeted ordering of diagnostic imaging services in conjunction with USPSTF recommendations.

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    The Access to Medical Imaging Coalition represents physicians, medical providers, and patient organizations throughout the U.S. It also includes health technology firms that manufacture imaging equipment and supplies and that employ tens of thousands of workers. Thus, AMIC represents those who develop medical imaging technologies, those who apply it, and those who benefit from it.

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