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.
Download the mfine app and consult one of our doctors online, if you’re looking to get a Virtual Colonoscopy done.