Yes, previously a camera test (colonoscopy) was the only reliable way of looking at the inside of the bowels.
Now, there is an alternative. Advances in scan technology has enabled radiologists to look at the inside surface of bowels without a direct camera .
A special type of scan called Virtual Colonoscopy is helping doctors diagnose bowel cancer in appropriate patients.
There is increased awareness of bowel cancer following the death of 40 yr old Dame Deborah James.
Hopefully, Virtual colonoscopy will play an important complementary role in early diagnosis of bowel ( colon) cancer.
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