• CT or “Virtual” colonoscopy is a state of the art procedure in which a CT scanner, virtual reality computer software, and a specially trained Radiologist look inside the colon (large intestine) for polyps and cancers. Most patients report that the virtual colonoscopy is more comfortable than either the barium enema or conventional colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths and can potentially be prevented if colon polyps are discovered and removed early. Individuals at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer are over 50 and have a family history of colon cancer or polyps. Virtual colonoscopy is particularly useful for patients who have difficulty with traditional colonoscopy or who have had a failed traditional colonoscopy.


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