If you're over 50, or have a family history of colon cancer, your doctor has probably already told you that you should be screened for colon cancer. The High Definition 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy at Princeton Longevity Center offers an excellent screening for polyps and colorectal cancer for those who want the peace of mind without the need for anesthesia or invasive techniques.
In fact, recent studies have shown that 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy is more effective at finding the polyps that are likely to become cancers than conventional colonoscopy.
Conventional colonoscopy requires the insertion of a long scope in the patient's rectum, with the attendant possible risk of colon perforation. With Virtual Colonoscopy there is no risk of perforation. The Virtual Colonoscopy is much less invasive, requiring only a small rubber tip that is placed in the rectum to gently introduce a small amount of CO2 to inflate the colon. Then, two scans of the abdomen and pelvis are done.
A High Definition 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy does not require any sedation or anesthesia, which means you can go back to your normal activities immediately after the test.
Because CO2 is rapidly absorbed from the colon into your system, there are no unpleasant after-effects.
Virtual Colonoscopy uses only disposable tubing and supplies. Unlike conventional colonoscopy, there are no concerns with cross-contamination or infection between patients.
Virtual Colonoscopy can visualize 100% of the interior and exterior colon. Conventional colonoscopy typically visualizes only about 80% of the interior colon, as it is unable to see behind colon folds, where polyps may hide. Additionally, in some cases the patient's colon is too long to allow conventional colonoscopy to reach all the way through the colon.
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.
Unlike conventional colonoscopy, there is no need to take antibiotic prophylaxis before the procedure.
Patients who are on blood-thinning medication do not need to stop their medication for a Virtual Colonoscopy.
The Princeton Longevity Center has offered 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy since 2002. In fact, our medical imaging center was the first facility to offer this test in New Jersey. Our highly-trained staff has the most experience in performing 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy of any imaging center in the region, ensuring the optimum in patient comfort and high quality results.
Our radiologists include nationally renowned academic and clinical experts in the field of Virtual Colonoscopy. Their unsurpassed expertise in the interpretation of 3-D Virtual Colonoscopy means you can feel secure about your Virtual Colonoscopy at the Princeton Longevity Center.
During a Virtual Colonoscopy, images of the colon are taken in just a few seconds and a three-dimensional image of the colon is created. Polyps and other abnormalities as small as a few millimeters can be seen and examined by the scanner.
Fortunately, most patients (more than 95%) will have a clean bill of health. For those few who are found to have a polyp, a follow-up optical colonoscopy can be scheduled to remove the polyp.
Studies have shown Virtual Colonoscopy to be safe and effective. With 3-D imaging techniques, the ability to see significant polyps and tumors is comparable, or even superior, to invasive colonoscopy.