Virtual Colonoscopy

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Virtual Colonoscopy

Patients lay on their left side on an examination table. In most cases, a light sedative, and possibly pain medication, helps keep patients relaxed. The doctor inserts a flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope, or scope, and slowly guides it through the rectum and into the colon. The scope inflates the large intestine with carbon dioxide gas to give the doctor a better view.

Why is it done?

A colonoscopy may be used to evaluate many problems, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anemia (low red blood cells)
  • Blood in the stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Creen for colon cancer
  • Unexplained weight loss

How does it work?

In preparation for a colonoscopy, all solids must be emptied from the gastrointestinal tract by following a clear liquid diet for 1 to 3 days before colonoscopy.

During the colonoscopy, a sedative, and possibly pain medication, help keep patients relaxed. A doctor can remove polyps and biopsy abnormal-looking tissues during colonoscopy.

Patients lay on their left side on an examination table. In most cases, a light sedative, and possibly pain medication, helps keep patients relaxed. The doctor inserts a flexible, lighted tube called a colonoscope, or scope, and slowly guides it through the rectum and into the colon. The scope inflates the large intestine with carbon dioxide gas to give the doctor a better view.

A small camera mounted on the scope transmits a video image from inside the large intestine to a computer screen, allowing the doctor to carefully examine the intestinal lining. The doctor may ask the patient to move periodically so the scope can be adjusted for better viewing.

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