1269 - Computed Tomography Colonography

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Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

Computed Tomography Colonography (CTC) involves the use of a computed tomography (CT) scanner to image the patients colon. This is a preferable alternative to a barium enema and an alternative to colonoscopy when the latter is considered potentially dangerous for the patient or if a colonoscopy has been unable to examine the whole of the colon. Although there are variations in the technique used, CTC nearly always involves laxative preparation of the bowel beforehand, followed by distension of the colon with air or gas while the patient is on the CT scanner. The scan is then performed without sedation (usually taking only a few minutes or less), and the images obtained are subsequently examined by the radiologist using special computer software to enable a diagnosis. CTC is currently subject to a Medicare rebate in Australia, but for only limited indications. The applicants are seeking to expand the indications to reflect current ‘best practice’.

Description of Medical Condition

CTC is used for diagnosis or exclusion of suspected colorectal polyps and cancer.

Reason for Application


Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

13 - 14 December 2012
Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (PDF 367 KB)
Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (Word 1044 KB)

Assessment Report

Assessment report (Word 1520 KB)
Assessment report (PDF 3022 KB)

Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 366 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 303 KB)

Meetings for this Application


16 to 17 August 2012
13 to 14 December 2012


12 to 13 June 2014


26 to 28 November 2014