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Virtual Colonoscopy is a CT procedure used to diagnose colon and bowel disease.

Who performs the procedure?

The procedure is performed by a CT Technologist with the assistance of a Radiologist.

Where is the procedure performed?

The procedure is performed in the CT Department of University Imaging Center, located at 419 West Redwood St., Suite 110, Baltimore MD, 21201.

Why is the procedure performed?

The procedure is used to diagnose colon and bowel disease, including polyps, diverticulitis, and cancer.

Is there any prep for this procedure?

Ask your referring physician for a bowel cleansing kit.

CT Colonoscopy Bowel Preparation

Two Days Before Your Procedure

Eat a low residue diet (low fiber*), including foods such as:

  • All milk or milk based products
  • Well cooked vegetables (potatoes and tomatoes no skin)
  • Boiled, baked or broiled chicken
  • Beef or pork
  • Ice cream, sherbet, cake or pie
  • Eggs
  • White Bread, crackers

DO NOT eat seeds, nuts, raisins or coconut

One Day Before Your Procedure

You should be provided with a bowel cleansing kit (prep). Follow the steps below very carefully. Take only the medications, foods and fluids as listed below unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

  • Any liquid you can see through
  • Apple, cranberry, white grape juice
  • Black coffee, plain tea
  • Clear fluids
  • Clear sodas (7-UP, Sprite)
  • Clear soups (bouillon)
  • Gatorade
  • Ice tea

Ask your referring physician for a bowel cleansing kit, and follow the instructions on the kit that was provided.

Day of Procedure - Do Not Eat or Drink Anything

Regular diet and medications may be resumed after the study has been completed.

What can I expect before the procedure?

Virtual medical illustration of a colonoscopy scan

Once you arrive at the UIC, you will have to register at the front desk. You will be asked to pay for the procedure at this time. You will get changed into a gown. The Technologist will explain the procedure to you and escort you to the CT room.

How long is the procedure?

Be prepared to be here for about one hour.

What can I expect during the procedure?

You will begin the procedure by lying on your back. A thin tube is then placed into your rectum and contrast and air is pumped into your colon to distend your bowel. The table is then moved into the scanner and pictures are taken. You will be asked to hold your breath and to hold still during the procedure. Then you will turn onto your stomach and the procedure will be repeated.

What can I expect after the procedure?

After the exam is complete, the results are sent to your doctor and you may resume normal activity. It is suggested to eat lightly after the exam since the bowel cleansing agent might still be active.

Are there any risks to this procedure?

There is a risk of perforating the bowel and brief rectal discomfort.

Virtual medical illustration of a colonoscopy

Are there any alternatives to this procedure?

A barium enema and a conventional colonoscopy can be performed.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please contact the Radiology Access Center at 410-328-3225 to schedule an appointment.