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CT VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY A NEW REVOLUTION

A dream for every patient: To examine the colon without anesthesia, hospital recovery or invasive procedure… With this new medical imaging technique it became reality!

New techniques and latest technology in Medical Imaging allow Doctors to explore the human body without introducing cameras or other devices. CT Virtual Colonoscopy is a quick, non-invasive technique which allows clear and early detection of bowel disease.

Fast and reliable

This technique utilizes a state-of-the-art low radiation dose CT scanner to acquire a volume of the abdomen. A complex image post-processing allows reconstruction of a virtual clone of the colon. It takes less than 15 minutes of patient's time to perform the study. Special preparation is required the day before the exam in order to clean the bowel and to "dye" the stools. After the patient goes back to his daily activities, the radiologist can examine the entire colon with 3D views on his workstation, thanks to virtual navigation and dissection software. In addition, he will also be able to detect silent diseases in the abdomen, including gallstones, liver disease, aneurysms, kidney tumors, etc… It's like doing 10 studies in one!

Multiple advantages

The high definition images simulate the optical colonoscopy view, but without its inconveniences! There is no need for sedation or the painful introduction of a long optical camera into the anus. Not to mention the risks of infection or perforation that is also avoided… Even though these complications are rare, they should always be kept in mind when performing a diagnostic study.

Target population

Every man and woman after age 50 should have a virtual colonoscopy according to recommendations from the American Cancer Society. If the results are positive and a polyp is found, which happens in 1 out of 10 cases, the patient will be advised to have an optical colonoscopy to remove the lesion. If there is a family history of colorectal cancer, then screening should start at age 40.

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