New technology is helping patients at risk for anal cancer stay healthier with more accurate, and painless, screenings.
High Resolution Anoscopy, or HRA for short, can examine the anal canal using an anoscope, which is a small thin tube. The tube is connected to a device that allows your doctor to look for abnormalities in your gastrointestinal tract, anus and rectum.
If a potential issue is identified a biopsy can be taken during the procedure for further analysis.
The procedure itself is virtually painless, but some patients report a feeling of pressure in the area. Recovery time is minimal and patients should be able to resume normal activity right away.
What Could An Anoscopy Find?
HRA is used to identify, or rule out, a number of potential health issues including:
- Anal dysplasia and anal cancer resulting from HPV (Human PapillomaVirus)
- Anal Fissures
- Anal Polyps