3D Virtual Colonoscopy
What is 3D Virtual Colonoscopy?
Virtual colonoscopy is an imaging test performed on a computed tomography (CT) machine and uses software to create a 3D image of the interior lining of the large intestine, colon and rectum.
What are the benefits of having a 3D Virtual Colonoscopy?
Unlike regular colonoscopies, virtual colonoscopy requires no sedation and no recovery time because it is a minimally invasive procedure performed using CT imaging.
Who should have a 3D Virtual Colonoscopy?
We encourage anyone over the age of 50 to be screened for polyps every 7-10 years. Those people with a history of polyps, colon cancer or the presence of blood in the stool should be screened every 5 years. Other patients who are recommended for a virtual colonoscopy are those who have had an incomplete colonoscopy, are low-to-average risk patients who prefer not to have a regular colonoscopy and patients who are unable to tolerate a regular colonoscopy. Please see your physician to obtain an order for your exam.
How do I schedule a 3D Virtual Colonoscopy?
These tests are currently performed at our Inova Alexandria and Inova Mt. Vernon facilities. Please call (571) 423-5400 to schedule your exam and reference which location you would like to have your exam performed at.
How do I prepare for a 3D Virtual Colonoscopy?
Similar to regular colonoscopies, you must follow a bowel emptying regimen the day before the examination to enable clear images of the tissue. Your physician will provide you with the proper instructions for your examination prep.