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Overview

Virtual Colonoscopy is a procedure where X-rays and computers are used to create images of a patient’s colon and rectum.

What is Virtual Colonoscopy?

A Virtual Colonoscopy is an X-ray procedure that’s used to check for problems like polyps, cancer or ulcers.

Virtual Colonoscopy is different from a colonoscopy in many ways. In a Virtual Colonoscopy, it does not require the doctor to insert a scope. It takes less time and does not require anesthesia or sedation.

How is a Virtual Colonoscopy Performed?

A Virtual Colonoscopy is performed by a trained technician in the following way:

  • The technician puts a thin, short tube in your rectum. This is done to fill the intestine with air.
  • Once the air is inside your belly, the table would then slide into a huge ring.
  • The technician would now leave the room.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath or turn in different positions.

After a Virtual Colonoscopy, the radiologist will look at the images and send a report to your doctor.

Side Effects and Risks of a Virtual Colonoscopy

A Virtual Colonoscopy can pose the following risk:

  • Risk of perforating the lining of the large intestine.
  • Perforation may require surgery.

After a Virtual Colonoscopy, if you have severe abdominal pain, bloody bowel movements, fever, bleeding from the anus, weakness make sure to seek medical help.

Preparation before Performing a Virtual Colonoscopy

In order to prepare for a Virtual Colonoscopy, you would have to:

  • Clean out your bowel.
  • Drink a liquid called contrast medium. This liquid helps to see your colon and rectum better in x-rays.

Before a Virtual Colonoscopy make sure to talk to your doctor about any health problems and medications you are taking before the test.

Post-care after Virtual Colonoscopy.

There are no post-care measures for a Virtual Colonoscopy test. You can resume normal activities after the test, including going back to a normal diet.

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