The utility of routine preoperative computed tomography scanning in the management of veterans with colon cancer

Jared B. Barton, Lorrie A. Langdale, Justin S. Cummins, Matthias Stelzner, Dana C. Lynge, Charles N. Mock, Katie S. Nason, Kevin G. Billingsley

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    Abstract

    Background: The aim of this study is to assess the clinical utility of routine preoperative computed tomography (CT) scanning in patients with cancer of the intraperitoneal colon. Methods: From November 1997 to June 2001, all patients at VA Puget Sound Healthcare System with a diagnosis of colon cancer were referred for a preoperative CT scan. Medical records and operative notes were reviewed to determine the influence of preoperative CT on clinical management. Results: Seventy patients received a CT per protocol. Preoperative CT provided information that was used in treatment planning and management in 26 (37%) cases. However, if preoperative scans had not been performed, the clinical management would have been definitively altered in only 13 (19%) patients. Conclusions: Although these data suggest potential benefit for routine preoperative CT scanning, we believe additional study, including cost analysis, should precede the adoption of CT scanning as a routine preoperative study in patients with colon cancer.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)499-503
    Number of pages5
    JournalAmerican journal of surgery
    Volume183
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

    Keywords

    • Colon neoplasms
    • Computed tomography
    • Neoplasm metastasis
    • Preoperative care
    • Radiograph
    • Surgery
    • Tomography

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery

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