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Virtual Colonoscopy

Virtual colonoscopy is a procedure performed by a radiologist using a CT scan highlighting the potential cancer, polyps or ulcers within the colon and bowel area.

What does a virtual colonoscopy scan for?

Colon and Bowel cancer is extremely common in both men and women, a virtual colonoscopy allows radiologists to find any abnormal lumps within the colon area. Alleviating potential symptoms early on ensures that aberration within the area can be treated as soon as possible, colon and bowel cancer is considerably more treatable the earlier it is found within the body. Not only can a virtual colonoscopy scan for problems within the colon, it can also detect issues in areas around the area such as the kidneys, pancreas, liver, ovaries and spleen.

Virtual colonoscopy is a less invasive and disruptive examination when compared to a traditional colonoscopy. The CT scan is an alternative check of the colon, showing a more in-depth examination of the body. Whereas traditional colonoscopy may be disrupted by narrow or blocked paths within the large intestine.

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What to expect from a virtual colonoscopy?

When getting a virtual colonoscopy CT scan it requires some bowel preparation to ensure that the scan is clear and accurate. The bowel will need to be cleansed by limiting diet to only clear liquid for 1-2 days before the procedure. A day pre-scan, you will be required to take a strong laxative to empty the colon, ensuring that any abnormalities are looked at and addressed. The scan takes roughly 10-15 minutes, and results will be received up to 2 weeks after the treatment.

Post scan, you are able to return to day to day activities with no issues and no medicine taken. A normal diet can be resumed.

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