Learn about Colonoscopy advancements. Dr. William Glenn discusses the latest advancement in Rectal Colon Cancer Screening.
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Mike Wiegenstein: You're watching Medical News Network, your trusted source for the latest in medical news and information, I'm Mike Wiegenstein. Today we take a look inside the world of computer-assisted colonoscopy, what is it? How does that work, is it safe and reliable? Why its revolutionizing medicine as we know it and how its changing people experiences for the better, so if you're over the age of forty, have a family history of cancer I would just like to be better informed this is for you, stick around its going to get interesting. Female Speaker: Welcome to an educational and comprehensive discussion with today's top medical experts. This is your trusted source for the latest in medical news and information; you are watching Medical News Network. What is the Hero? Are Heros born or they made? In after school programs your kids are uncovered hidden strengths, discover they have the power to change their future and finally the hero inside themselves. Let us know you are on after school programs in your area call 1-800-USA-LEARN after school programs helping kids finding hero within. Mike Wiegenstein: Welcome back. We are pleased to have in studio today Dr. William Glenn. Dr. Glenn received his degree from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University; his MD from Washington University and did his Radiological Residency at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Glenn is a recognized leader and international speaking authority on state of the art CT and MRI imaging. Dr. Glenn is the member of the American Society of Neuro Radiology, the radiological society of North America and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Glenn was a pioneer in many of the medical procedures we take for granted today and he is currently at the forefront of the future in colon cancer detection computer assisted or virtual colonoscopy, Dr. Glenn welcome to the show. Dr. William Glenn: Thank you very much. Mike Wiegenstein: Okay, I did normally ask you to tell me about your history and your background but you are adamant before you are coming to this interview with me that, I actually go and have this procedure done. I learned a lot about the procedure but how many people here die from colon cancer. Dr. William Glenn: Mike, well it's between 55,000 and 60,000 a year. So it's the equivalent of one 9/11 event every three weeks? Mike Wiegenstein: How many of those people have to die from colon cancer? Dr. William Glenn: The cure rate if you know about the precursor polyps is above 90%. There is a 7% incidence of flat aggressive cancers but the vast majority above 90% if those precursor polyps can be found and removed, those patients are cured. Mike Wiegenstein: So 50 some thousands of people could be cured if they knew and they had the polyps removed, they just never going to checked? Dr. William Glenn: They don't get checked, it's not a subject that is comfortable to talk about. Its embarrassing and a lot of their private doctors simply aren't aware of the state of the art of colorectal cancer screening. There are four approved insurance reimbursement methods. Mike Wiegenstein: Okay, we are going to get into those and I'm going to have you show me because I have we had this decision I've actually had three of the four and now I had four of the four done. And I'll tell you it was probably the most humiliating degrading experience I have ever had so. I would understand why most people don't go and get checked. Before we get into that, there have been some studies out and I want to talk to you about this because I have done research, there have been some studies by multiple organizations, I'm saying that virtual computer assisted colonoscopy is actually better than where they are going with the scope and they put the things to speed up inside and I know brought a scope today, so we could see what that looks like and then there are those who say its not the same and everybody saw on TV nationally and we saw her get a virtual one year and a regular scope t