The Case for Keeping Colonoscopy

Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, a gastrointestinal specialist and assistant professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, agreed that this is "a great idea -- and one that many of us are currently adopting."

But, she added, "patients are not so crazy about it because they are worried about having 'accidents' on their way to the office or hospital."

So the Times story provided a valuable service by raising some important issues about bowel preparation and experience of the colonoscopist. However our medical experts were not convinced that there was the need for the urgent sense of the story providing us with scary news about a test that is pretty darn effective.

Roger Sergel is head of the ABC News Medical Unit in Needham, Mass.

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