Mayo Clinic's approach

Mayo Clinic specialists are experienced in using virtual colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer. More than 400 people undergo virtual colonoscopy for colon cancer screening at Mayo Clinic each year.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, a team of highly trained experts in radiology and gastroenterology care for people considering virtual colonoscopy for colon cancer screening.

Virtual colonoscopy appointments at Mayo Clinic are scheduled in the mornings. This way, it may be possible to investigate any polyps or growths with traditional colonoscopy the same day. By accommodating the two exams in the same day, you won't need to undergo bowel preparation twice.

If you're diagnosed with colon cancer, additional specialists, such as oncologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists may be involved in your care team. Working together, your team devises a personalized treatment plan for your cancer.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic specialists are respected for their expertise and experience in using virtual colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer. Mayo Clinic doctors were among the first to report in the scientific literature on the clinical effectiveness of virtual colonoscopy.

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors have specialized expertise in virtual colonoscopy.

  • Early involvement in developing virtual colonoscopy. Mayo Clinic radiologists and gastroenterologists are widely respected for their participation in developing and implementing virtual colonoscopy as a tool for colon cancer screening.
  • Experience in performing virtual colonoscopy. More than 400 people undergo virtual colonoscopy for colon cancer screening at Mayo Clinic each year.
  • Expert cancer care. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Learn more about gastroenterology expertise at Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for digestive disorders.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

Sept. 23, 2017
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