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CT COLONOGRAPHY

Introduction:

Computed tomography, more commonly known as a CT or CAT scan, is a diagnostic medical test that, like traditional x-rays, produces multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be reformatted in multiple planes, and can even generate three-dimensional images. These images can be viewed on a computer monitor, printed on film or transferred to a CD or DVD.


CT images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels typically provide greater detail than traditional x-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels.

CT colonography, also known as virtual colonoscopy, uses low dose radiation CT scanning to obtain an interior view of the colon (the large intestine) that is otherwise only seen with a more invasive procedure where an endoscope is inserted into the rectum and passed through the entire colon.



Preparation:

COLON CLEANSING

* YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE THESE ITEMS
1: Magnesium Citrate 10oz (one bottle)
2: Dulcolax or Bisacodyl tablets (2 tablets)
3: Enema

*The day BEFORE your exam you need to follow the following instructions*

- In the morning have a light breakfast
- 12:00 pm (noon) you can have a light lunch
- 1:00 pm 8 oz of water take DULCOLAX OR BISACODYL tablets (2 TABLETS) swallow tablets whole with full glass of water do not chew or dissolve tablets
- 2:00 pm 8 oz of water
- 3:00 pm 8 oz of water
- 4:00 pm 8 oz of water
- 5:00 pm 8 oz of wate
- 6:00 pm take MAGNESIUM CITRATE 10OZ (ONE BOTTLE) You can drink some water if you would like
- 7:00 pm 8 oz of water
- 8:00 pm 8 oz of water
- Morning of exam 2-3 hours before you leave your home use the enema