Direct Access

What is Direct Access Colonoscopy?

At GANV, scheduling a colonoscopy is easy and convenient. Available for patients with no symptoms, Direct Access Colonoscopy does not require a preliminary office visit. Prescreening, prep and paperwork are handled by phone, fax, patient portal and mail. Your GANV physician will talk with you before and after the procedure, and if results are normal, a follow-up office appointment is not necessary. Patients receive colonoscopy results directly through our secure patient portal. Regardless of the findings, a prompt, detailed report is also sent to your primary care physician.

Do I Qualify for the Direct Access "Screening" Colonoscopy Program?

Click here to take the DA Program Pre-Screening Questionnaire

Colonoscopy Frequently Asked Questions 

A clean colon is the most important part of a successful colonoscopy. The patient’s goal should be to get their colon as clean as the palm of their hand using a colonoscopy prep. If the colonoscopy prep is not properly performed, and the patient’s colon is not completely clean, the danger is that the physician will not see important, possibly cancer-causing polyps.
 

Why schedule a colon cancer screening?

Early detection of colon cancer could save your life. Over 80% of all colon cancer cases could be prevented through a screening colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer affects both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. This screening is typically covered by health insurance at age 50; however, the American Cancer Society and Aetna recommends screening at the age of 45, particularly for African Americans.

If caught early enough, colon cancer is treatable. If you have relevant symptoms, inflammatory bowel disease or a personal or family history of colorectal cancer, please call us today at (703) 698-8960. Colonoscopy is one of the most powerful weapons against colon cancer. During a colonoscopy, your doctor can find and remove pre-cancerous polyps -abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—before they develop into cancer.