Improving the utility of colonoscopy

recent advances in practice

Crispin J. Corte*, Rupert W. Leong

*Corresponding author for this work

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Colonoscopy is a frequently performed diagnostic and therapeutic test and the primary screening tool in several nationalized bowel cancer screening programs. There has been a considerable focus on maximizing the utility of colonoscopy. This has occurred in four key areas: Optimizing patient selection to reduce unnecessary or low yield colonoscopy has offered cost-benefit improvements in population screening. Improving quality assurance, through the development of widely accepted quality metrics for use in individual practice and the research setting, has offered measurable improvements in colonoscopic yield. Significant improvements have been demonstrated in colonoscopic technique, from the administration of preparation to the techniques employed during withdrawal of the colonoscope. Improved techniques to avoid post-procedural complications have also been developed-further maximizing the utility of colonoscopy. The aim of this review is to summarize the recent evidence-based advances in colonoscopic practice that contribute to the optimal practice of colonoscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-44
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Australia)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Biology
  • Colon
  • Diagnosis and therapy

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