5 Reasons Why Virtual Colonoscopies Are Better ... And Why Your Doctor Won't Do Them

September 10, 2014 11:02 AM

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The doctor can see more with a virtual colonoscopy. In a traditional colonoscopy, what is being examined is your intestines. A 5'7" scope with a camera on it is manually inserted through your rectum and the doctor can see and take photos of what the scope passes as it is is slowly pulled out. It sees things in one direction only and there is no doubling back.

In a virtual colonoscopy, your body passes through a CT scanning machine. You are flipped over and scanned from lung to pelvic area twice in both directions. Bortz said that in his practice, the lung to pelvic scan has led to the detection of many issues outside the intestines: pancreatic cancers, k...

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