What are the alternatives to colonoscopy for detecting colon polyps?

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Some physicians rely on a card that detects whether there is blood in the stool. Unfortunately, there is a high false detection rate with this test, meaning that even if the test is negative for blood, polyps may still be present. Other modalities include CT scan and barium enema. However, the detection rate is still quite low and, therefore, colonoscopy is the best test not only for the detection of polyps, but for removal.

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