The ViaScan Virtual Colonoscopy (VC):
- Is much cheaper than the traditional colonoscopy in that it costs about 65%
- Is much faster than the conventional colonoscopy
- Is much less invasive than the conventional colonoscopy in that the Virtual Colonoscopy does not require insertion or maneuvering of long colonoscope throughout the colon
- Does not require anesthesia like a conventional colonoscopy so that you can immediately return to normal activities after it is over.
- Is just as accurate as a traditional colonoscopy
A ViaScan Virtual Colonoscopy (VC) is a medical imaging procedure which uses low radiation x-rays 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. Like traditional colonoscopies, the Viascan VC procedure is used to diagnose colon and bowel disease, including polyps, diverticulosis, and cancer.
However, the ViaScan VC differs from traditional colonoscopies in that it is more comfortable because a colonoscope is NOT inserted into the rectum and transverse around inside the colon. As a result, no sedation is needed during the procedure, and the patient can return to his/her usual activities or go home after the procedure without the aid of another person. Another distinction is that the ViaScan VC does not remove polyps; therefore, if polyps are identified during the ViaScan VC scan, you will need to follow up with your GI doctor. However, it is important to understand the rate of polyp detection for surgery colonoscopies is reported to be 8-10%. Therefore, that means that you have a 90 to 92% chance of finding no polyps that require removal.
Virtual colonoscopies provide a secondary value of added benefit of revealing diseases or abnormalities outside the colon. For example, with a virtual colonoscopy, we view your reproductive organs, bladder, kidneys, abdominal aorta, liver, spleen, gall bladder at no additional charge. Traditional colonoscopies do not provide this view and if performed individually, these scans would cost you additional thousands of dollars.