Approach to incomplete colonoscopy: New techniques and technologies

Diana L. Franco, Jonathan A Leighton, Suryakanth R. Gurudu

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Colonoscopy is the most widely used screening modality for the detection and removal of colon polyps and for the prevention of colorectal cancer. To identify all colon lesions and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, it is important to perform a complete colonoscopy. The success of screening colonoscopy depends upon several parameters, including bowel preparation and adenoma detection rate. Incomplete colonoscopy rates vary from 4% to 25% and are associated with higher rates of interval proximal colon cancer. This article reviews the potential causes of and preventive measures for incomplete colonoscopy, as well as techniques and technologies that may improve the rate of complete colonoscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-483
Number of pages8
JournalGastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


  • Colon capsule
  • Computed tomography colonography
  • Incomplete colonoscopy
  • Overtube-assisted colonoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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