What is virtual colonoscopy and is it effective for evaluating diverticulitis?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Virtual colonoscopy may be helpful in evaluating diverticulitis in the elective setting. This procedure combines insufflation of the colon in conjunction with a computed tomography scan to provide data that allow computer generation of a three-dimensional image. Although the technology is widely available in many centers, it is limited by the inability to sample suspicious lesions.


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