Virtual Colonoscopy visualizes 100% of the interior and exterior colon. Conventional colonoscopy typically visualizes only 80% of the interior colon, as it is unable to see behind colon folds, where polyps may hide. Additionally, in approximately 5% of all cases, the patient's colon is too long to allow Conventional colonoscopy to reach all the way through the colon.


Conventional colonoscopy requires the insertion of a 5 foot long scope in the patient's rectum, with the attendant possible risk of colon perforation. With Virtual Colonoscopy there is no risk of perforation.


Conventional colonoscopy requires the administration of anesthesia. Virtual Colonoscopy does not require anesthesia, and therefore the patient can resume normal activities immediately.


Conventional colonoscopy may require vigorous bowel cleansing with harsh laxatives. Virtual Colonoscopy requires milder mild bowel cleansing.


Conventional colonoscopy only examines the colon, while Virtual Colonoscopy allows for the examination of the other organs of the abdomen and pelvis. Abnormalities are found that would be missed with conventional colonoscopy.

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