Virtual Colon Scan vs. Traditional Colonoscopy
Some Key Advantages of a Virtual Colon Scan
Several independent studies have shown that Virtual Colonoscopy is equivalent to conventional colonoscopy in finding clinically significant polyps and colon cancers.
Virtual Colonoscopy can also visualize abnormalities and cancers in organs outside of the colon.
- Permanent record
Virtual Colonoscopy provides the surgeon with a precise “road-map” should any polyps need to be removed.
- No sedation and no IV is required.
Patients may remain on anticoagulant therapies.
The entire appointment only takes 45 minutes. You can drive yourself home or back to work immediately afterward.
- Easier Prep
You basically stay on clear liquids of your choice for a day and take mild laxatives.
- Cost Value
Total cost of a VC is less than half of a conventional colonoscopy exam and provides more information.
|OUR CT COLON SCAN||COLONOSCOPY|
|Sees 100% of the interior and exterior colon, including behind the bowel fold where polyps can hide||Typically only sees 80% of the interior of the colon; some areas might be hidden behind bowel folds|
|No measurable risk of perforation or serious complications||Possibility of perforation or serious complications|
|No anesthesia necessary||Must receive anesthesia; invasive and carries a risk of significant complications|
|Can resume normal activity immediately||Must recovery from the anesthesia and cannot drive following the procedure.|
|More gentle laxative bowel preparations and shorter special diet because computer can electronically “cleanse” residue stool from photos||Bowel must be vigorously cleansed.|
|20 minutes||Half day at a surgical center/clinic|
|A miniature rubber tube is inserted 1 inch by client or technologist. This device allows air to expand the colon for easy viewing||Flexible tube travels 5 feet into large intestine|
|$775||Usually over $1700|