Allow GPs to refer for Medicare-funded CT colonography, say radiologists

Patients are waiting up to 180 days for a colonoscopy
CT colonography

Radiologists are calling for a revamp to allow GPs to refer patients for CT colonography (CTC) under Medicare in order to cut colonoscopy waiting lists.

Last year, around 90% of patients with a positive FOBT via the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program waited between 116 and 181 days for a colonoscopy despite a recommended maximum wait time of 120 days.