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What are pros and cons of virtual colonoscopy?

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  • Fewer risks, compared with regular colonoscopy
  • It’s easier if you’re elderly or take blood thinners.
  • There’s no recovery time. You can go right back to your normal life.
  • It costs less and is faster than the regular test.
  • Your doctor isn’t looking right at your colon and might miss small changes.
  • Insurance doesn’t always cover it.
  • It’s low, but there is radiation exposure.
  • If the test results show changes, you’ll have to come back for a regular colonoscopy so the doctor can remove and test the tissue.

From: What Is a 'Virtual' Colonoscopy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “CT Colonography.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Virtual Colonoscopy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Virtual Colonoscopy for Cancer Screening.”

National Cancer Institute: “Computed Tomography (CT) Scans and Cancer,” “Virtual Colonoscopy.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “CT Colonography.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Virtual Colonoscopy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Virtual Colonoscopy for Cancer Screening.”

National Cancer Institute: “Computed Tomography (CT) Scans and Cancer,” “Virtual Colonoscopy.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 15, 2018

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