WHY VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY

The risks and the recovery from virtual colonoscopy are much lower and along with the ability to screen the surrounding organs, it makes this screening valuable for prevention.

Virtual colonoscopy is a procedure that uses CT Scan combined with powerful computer technology to diagnose diseases and abnormalities in the colon and rectum. The patient lies on a table while a small, short tube is placed in the rectum in order to inflate the colon with air. Images are then taken from outside the body with the CT machine.


Virtual colonoscopy is more comfortable and much faster than a traditional colon exam.

 


Immediate return to daily activities with no medication

Preparation requires one-third of the liquid intake

Scan last just 10-15 minutes

Lower Risk of Puncturing the Colon

No need for anesthesia

Less invasive with less risk of infection

VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY RECOMMENDATIONS

U.S. Preventative Services Task Force issued an “A” rating to the virtual colonoscopy exam as a screening tool for detecting colon cancer. The “A” rating is defined as having a high certainty that the benefit is substantial. The American Cancer Society recommends a virtual colonoscopy exam be performed every five years to screen for polyps and cancer.

Because of its value, on August 11, 2016, the American College of Radiology, along with patient advocacy groups and associated medical associations, asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide coverage to adults aged 50-75 years for virtual colonoscopy.

“Too many Americans are dying from a largely preventable disease that can almost always be treated if found early….this will save lives,” said Eric Hargis, public policy adviser for the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Virtual colonoscopy is covered by many private insurers. Talk or chat with our schedulers to find out about affordable payment plans or your insurance coverage

WHO SHOULD HAVE THIS SCAN

We recommend screenings every five years beginning at age 50 in men and women who don’t have a family history of colon cancer or other high-risk factors.