For Patients

Here are some general instructions or items to consider before your exam:

  1. Many of our exams require special instructions/preparations. Most likely, your doctor or health care provider will tell you about this during your visit. If you have any questions about the instructions for your specific test, please call our office at 743-0445.
  2. When you arrive at Advanced Imaging Center, you will be asked to provide a few things: a photo id, a current insurance card (if you have one), a copy of the order from your doctor (the doctor may have already faxed this to our office), and a copy of any previous films (if you have any).
  3. Please let us know of any allergies you might have to contrast or iodine.
  4. Please let us know if you are pregnant or could possibly be pregnant.
  5. Please call our office at 743-0445 with any questions.
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Read this FEATURED ARTICLE from Medical News Today (2012):

Virtual Colonoscopy Just As Good For Seniors As Standard Procedure
 A new study led by a doctor from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona in the US, finds that "virtual colonoscopy", known more formally as computerized tomographic (CT) colonography, is comparable to standard colonoscopy for people aged 65 and over. The American College of Radiology Imaging Network study was published online before print on 23 February in the journal Radiology.

The finding clears up a question unanswered by a 2008 New England Journal of Medicine study that suggested virtual [colonoscopy] was as good as standard colonoscopy, but it did not specifically analyze its performance with older patients.

Now Dr. C. Daniel Johnson Chair of the Department of Radiology at Mayo Clinic, and colleagues, show that the procedure is not just for younger people.

Colonoscopies are procedures that look for signs of pre-cancerous growths or polyps, cancer and other diseases in the large intestine.

In a standard [optical] colonoscopy, which is normally used with people aged 50 and over, a trained doctor slides a long flexible tube with a camera into the patient's rectum to view the colon. Patients have to take laxatives to empty the colon, and undergo sedation, before having the procedure. They generally go home afterwards and rest for the remainder of the day.

Virtual colonoscopy [uses] computerized tomography or CT images to look for signs of disease such as polyps, in the colon.     Read more... 
 
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