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Virtual Colonoscopy

Hi the question I got as I am an anxious person & don’t like the idea of anesthetic as different doctors have said I may have mild colitis my question is: has anyone had a Virtual Colonoscopy instead of the traditional Colonoscopy as it seems less intimidating, would appreciate advice.

Michael’s Colitis Like Symptoms:

mild abdominal discomfort pain i say 1.5/10 not all the time mainly left side but does spread but colofac has helped a lot but am now 4 days constipated & concerned dr prescribed coloxyl & have experienced joint pain near thigh incositent, mucus in stool before change of diet yellow & after change of diet white & yellowish & gas but colofac has helped as i have ibs,

Virtual Colonoscopy:

Virtual Colonoscopy on Wikipedia:

Virtual colonoscopy (VC, also called CT Colonography or CT Pneumocolon) is a medical imaging procedure which uses x-rays and computers to produce two- and three-dimensional images of the colon (large intestine) from the lowest part, the rectum, all the way to the lower end of the small intestine and display them on a screen.[1] The procedure is used to diagnose colon and bowel disease, including polyps, diverticulosis and cancer. VC is performed via computed tomography (CT), sometimes called a CAT scan, or with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).[2] A virtual colonoscopy can provide 3D reconstructed endoluminal views of the bowel.

I experienced some blood with mucus approximately 12 weeks ago for the first time 4 weeks later after chips coke cigarettes coffee had some blood with mucus in stool and a week later same food the same happened this time for a couple of weeks felt discomfort and noises in stomach and since changed my diet completely visited doctor believes mild colitis I have odd discomfort and after having some cashews caused cramp and in bowel movement with brownish mucus found with tissue which had a couple of tiny dots if fresh blood which you can’t even see and began feeling discomfort again and have 1 bm most mornings but experiencing some discomfort starting to feel a bit better a bit of odd pain stomach area but mild but now have experienced 4 days of constipation which doctor prescribed coloxyl.

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6 Responses to Virtual Colonoscopy

  1. Adam
    Adam May 7, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    Hi Michael,

    There is quite a bit of literature on PUBMed about virtual colonoscopies.

    If you go to this link:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=virtual+colonoscopy+vs+colonoscopy

    You will see a whole bunch of published studies on the topic.

    I myself don’t have any experience with virtual colonscopies, but I’m thinking quite a few people who use this site may have some.

    Best to you,

    Adam

  2. Graham from England
    Graham May 7, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    Hi Michael,

    You can have a colonoscopy without anaesthetic, uncomfortable for sure but very doable. 2 of mine were without though the last one did not offer a choice.

    Good luck!

  3. maddy May 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    Virtual sounds good, but if anything is found at all, then you’d have to do the real one anyway. A light sedative is given for the colonoscopy. Out of 5 so far, I only had one uncomfortable one. The rest? Easy once past the prep the night before. Good luck and don’t worry.

  4. Camille M
    Camille May 7, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Michael,

    I have colonoscopies every other year because of my colitis. The last time I had one, the sedation did not work and, although I was groggy, I will say the procedure was excruciating. The next time I have one, they will add benedryl to the anesthetic. I would NOT recommend doing this without anesthesia. There is a reason that they give it.

  5. Crystal May 14, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    The problem with virtual Colonoscopy is the doctor can’t take biopsies, or remove any polyps (if you have any) during the procedure. I have never had any problems with the sedation during my Colonoscopy/endoscopy procedures. Wake up easy peasy!

  6. June May 17, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    I am 77 and was diagnosed with UC when I was 24. Had a resent and rare flare. My GE said he would not use the virtual Colonoscopy until he could control the camera. He said it can miss things where he can stop, backup and turn to see things that look suspicious plus take biopsies with the scope. As for the sedation, over the years I have had MANY Colonoscopies. Take the sedation. It is much better than it used to be. My GE uses Propofol. It is much easier to wake up from, not nauseous and you are alert the rest of the day.

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