Open Access Colonoscopy

Although colon cancer can be deadly, it is highly treatable if found and treated early. A colonoscopy is a test that can detect and treat precancerous growths to lower your risk of developing colon cancer.

At Henry Ford Health System, we specialize in providing the most advanced procedures for diagnosing gastrointestinal disorders. An open access colonoscopy is a safe, effective procedure that offers you more convenience.

What is open access colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure in which our physicians use an endoscope (thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera) to examine your large intestine. During a colonoscopy, the physician looks for and can often remove polyps, which are tiny growths that can lead to cancer.

Usually, you have to see a gastroenterologist before being able to schedule a colonoscopy. At Henry Ford, we make it a lot easier to have this routine test.

Open access colonoscopy lets you schedule a colonoscopy without the need for a pre-procedure visit. That means you only have to come in for 1 office visit, not 2, saving you time and money.

Open access colonoscopy: Qualifications

If you would like to have an open access colonoscopy, you must meet certain health qualifications. Those who qualify include:

  • Patients between the ages of 50 and 80
  • Patients who have a parent or sibling diagnosed with colon cancer, who should be screened at age 40 or 10 years younger than the relative’s age when diagnosed

If you have other health conditions, our nurses will review your medical record and may consult with one of our physicians to see if you qualify.

Learn more about screenings and diagnosis for gastrointestinal disorders at Henry Ford.

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