FDA Gastroenterology, Radiology Advisors Finally Agree: CT Colonography Benefits Outweigh Risks
New research findings presented at a joint meeting of FDA’s gastroenterology and radiological devices panels persuaded experts that CT colonography is safe and works well for screening adults over 50 for colorectal cancer.
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