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Dangers Of Virtual Colonoscopy
Is a CT scan dangerous to a 23 year old, (abdominal) virtual colonoscopy? How many standard x-rays equivelant roughly ?
Does have some risks: Ct scans do expose you to a modest dose of radiation which is not harmful if you have good indications for doing this test and there is no better alternative. Virtual colonoscopy is not yet proven to replace standard colonoscopy. Moreover it is recommended only for over 50 years of age. Since you are 23 year old, you have to have a good reason to have virtual colonoscopy instead of regular exams. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A special ct scan: Virtual colonoscopy is a ct scan of the colon. Unlike optical colonoscopy, the patient does not receive sedation and no polyps can be removed. However, virtual colonoscopy is an excellent tests for patients who are not physically able to undertake regular colonoscopy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not covered: by most insurance and Medicare as a screening tool. Not as accurate as a colonoscopy. requires a bowel prep also like a colonoscopy and is only diagnostic that is, can say you have a possible polyp. A colonoscopy can identify the polyps and remove them at the same time. Colonoscopy is still the gold standard in my opinion ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please name the pros/cons of a virtual colonoscopy vs a regular one? Which one would you recommend first or only? Why?
Pros and cons: Virtual colonoscopy pros: "safe"; cons: radiation (it's a ct scan, not covered by insurance, not as accurate, still need bowel prep real colonoscopy pros: therapeutic (if a polyp is found, it can be removed), covered by insurance. Cons: rare complications such as bleeding, perforation. Being a GI doc, I am naturally biased to latter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was wondering if a normal colonoscopy is painful and is a virtual colonoscopy as accurate as a normal colonoscopy and can it detect any cancer?
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