Houston Endoscopy Practice, Bay Area Gastroenterology Offers Virtual Colonoscopy


Bay Area Gastroenterology is the First Private Group Practice to Offer Screening in Houston

Houston, Texas (Marketwire) August 17, 2009 – Colon cancer screening is now less invasive, thanks to the physicians at Bay Area Gastroenterology. They are the first private practice group in the Houston area to offer office based Virtual Colonoscopy for screening of colon cancer.

Virtual colonoscopy is a less invasive colon cancer screening procedure than a traditional colonoscopy. It can detect problems in the colon and rectum. During a virtual colonoscopy, a detailed rendering of the inside of the colon and rectum is created by utilizing CT technology.

During the procedure, an imaging technique known as computerized tomography (CT) is used to produce hundreds of cross-sectional images of the Colon. The images are combined and digitally manipulated to provide a detailed view of the inside of the colon and rectum. A Radiologist and a Gastroenterologist evaluate the results to identify any abnormalities, polyps; cancer and other diseases of the large intestine.

Virtual colonoscopy has several advantages over other procedures. Patients do not have to be sedated and the procedure normally takes just ten minutes; far less time than a conventional colonoscopy.

"We are pleased to be able to offer Virtual Colonoscopy in Houston," said Dr. Ravi S. Mani. "Many people are very apprehensive about colon cancer screening. We feel that this is a valuable alternative for our patients. Most importantly, abnormalities can be detected and early detection is essential in the prevention of colon cancer."

Bay Area Gastroenterology has four offices in Houston, Clear Lake and Pearland with a comprehensive array of diagnostic services to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of gastrointestinal health.

About Bay Area Gastroenterology
The Board Certified Physicians at Bay Area Gastroenterology specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of ailments of the stomach, intestines, colon, liver, gallbladder and pancreas. We have on site radiological and endoscopic facilities providing state-of-the-art medical care and a compassionate staff who will help you. Bay Area Gastroenterology’s affiliated Endoscopy Center has been recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control.

For more information, please contact:
Bay Area Gastroenterology P. A.
(281) 480-6264
http://www.gibay.com

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Locations

Medical Center
1015 Medical Center
Boulevard
Suite 1700
Webster, Texas 77598
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-480-4046
Methodist St. John
2060 Space Park Drive
Suite 200
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-339-7623
Memorial Southeast
11920 Astoria Boulevard
Suite 410
Houston, TX 77089
p: 281-484-6264
f: 281-484-0740
Pearland Office
10905 Memorial Herman Drive
Suite 211
Pearland, Texas 77548
p: 281-480-6264
f: 281-480-4046

Physicians

Ravi S. Mani, M.D., F.A.C.G.
Nikhil Inamdar, M.D., A.G.A.F.
Syed F. Jafri, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Manish Rungta, M.D.
Sezen Altug, M.D., FAGA
Naveen Surapaneni, M.D., M.P.H.
Gabriel Lee, MD
Neha Mathur, MD
Sudhanshu Gogia, MD

Our Board Certified Physicians specialize in the
diagnosis and treatment of ailments of the stomach,
intestines, colon, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

Make an Appointment

Patients may make an appointment on their own or be referred by another Physician.

New Patients - please click here for more information on making an appointment.

Returning Patients - may make an appointment online or by calling our office.

Appointments may be made by calling the office between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday - Friday, 281-480-6264.

Same Day Appointments

We will do our best to accomodate a limited number of same day appointments.

Please call our office, 281-480-6264 and if a new patient to our clinic please complete the Patient Registration Form.

Emergencies

Gastroenterology Emergencies:
If you have a gastroenterology problem of an urgent nature or an emergency, please contact the Bay Area Gastroenterology answering service at 281-480-6264 and/or go to the nearest emergency room.

If there is no response for any reason after you call the Bay Area Gastroenterology answering service, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Weekend Coverage
Call the answering service for emergencies. This will be answered by the doctor on call. If there is no response for any reason after you call the Bay Area Gastroenterology answering service, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Texas Communities served by
Bay Area Gastroenterology

Alvin, Bacliff, Bay Area, Channelview, Clear Lake, Deer Park, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galena Park, Galveston, Houston, Kemah, La Marque, La Porte, League City, Manuel, Missouri City, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Pearland, Santa Fe, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South East Houston, South Shore, Texas City, Webster.