Who Is a Candidate for Virtual Colonoscopy?
- Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended at age 50, unless a first-degree relative (i.e., parent or sibling) has been diagnosed with colon cancer. Screening may then begin earlier.
- Patient has no personal history of colon cancer
- Patient has no personal history of inflammatory bowel disease
- Screening is ideal for patients with medical conditions for which sedation would be contraindicated (i.e., severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, allergic reactions to sedative medications, etc.), and patients on blood thinners
Diagnostic Virtual Colonoscopy Candidates
- Patients with gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e., change in bowel habits, history of colonic polyps, etc.)
- Patients with incomplete colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy
- Evaluation of obstructing colorectal cancer
- Virtual colonoscopy is the exam of choice to further evaluate submucosal lesions found during optical colonoscopy or on another radiological exam
For information on conventional colonoscopy, please consult your primary care physician.