Virtual Colonoscopy, or CT Colonography, is a minimally invasive diagnostic tool that utilizes a CT scan for routine colorectal screening to discover polyps and cancer at their most treatable stages. Your virtual colonoscopy exam provides advantages, such as:
- The procedure requires no sedation, so no ‘down time’
- Only a small amount of air is introduced to insufflate the colon, so cramps are minimal or absent
- The ultra-fast CT scanning provides accurate polyp measurements and visualization of polyps as small as 3mm
Am I a candidate for Virtual Colonoscopy?
Average-risk individuals are candidates for screening, such as healthy people age 50 and older, who want to receive an exam for polyps and cancer without enduring some of the ‘down time’ and discomfort associated with a traditional colonoscopy. If detected early, colon cancers may almost always be cured. Virtual Colonoscopy is a screening exam and is not for individuals who are symptomatic. Occasionally, a physician will refer patients for CT Colonoscopy due to medical necessity, such as intestinal obstructions or drug indications.