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.

Our Doctors

Our physicians are all Board Certified radiologists who have specifically trained to interpret 3D Virtual Colonoscopy exams. Meet our Radiologists here.

How do I schedule a consultation?

Inova Alexandria Hospital

Inova Alexandria Hospital
4320 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304
Schedule a consultation: 571.423.5400
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Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital
2501 Parker’s Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
Schedule a consultation: 571.423.5400
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