Computed tomographic (CT) colonography, also referred to as virtual colonoscopy, is used to examine the colon and rectum to detect abnormalities such as polyps and cancer. In addition to its use as a diagnostic test in symptomatic patients, CT colonography may be used in asymptomatic patients with a high risk of developing colorectal cancer.
This policy is designed to address medical guidelines that are appropriate for the majority of individuals with a particular disease, illness, or condition. Each person's unique clinical circumstances may warrant individual consideration, based on review of applicable medical records.
Coverage is subject to the specific terms of the member’s benefit plan.
CT colonoscopy (virtual colonoscopy) may be considered medically necessary for diagnostic evaluation when conventional colonoscopy is contraindicated for ANY of the following indications:
CT colonoscopy (virtual colonoscopy) for all other indications is considered not medically necessary.