Virtual Physical opened its doors in 2001 as a leading edge company bringing the preventative health benefits of full body scanning to the mid-Atlantic region. Since then, Virtual Physical has scanned over 10,000 patients and saved countless lives by identifying potentially serious medical issues at early stages when treatment is most successful.
In addition to using state of the art technology, Virtual Physical provides Board certified radiologists to deliver a personalized consultation to each patient. By providing heart scans, lung scans, Virtual Colonoscopies, and full body scans, Virtual Physical can assist patients and their physicians in implementing treatment plans and changing behaviors to help them live longer, healthier lives. Our commitment to total patient satisfaction has led people throughout the mid-Atlantic to make Virtual Physical the number one choice for full body scanning.
Why just get a scan, when you can have a Virtual Physical?
What is a Virtual Colonoscopy?
The Virtual Colonoscopy is a new method of imaging the entire colon that is simpler, faster, and less invasive than conventional colonoscopy. It requires no sedation and can simply be incorporated in the overall Virtual PhysicalTM that already includes virtual bronchoscopy and virtual gastroscopy.
In December 2003, the Radiology Society of North America held its annual meeting, at which time findings of a study were presented indicating "even greater efficiency in detecting polyps and tumors via the use of Virtual Colonoscopy than the traditional, invasive method". This was followed up by a decision at Walter Reed Army Hospital to utilize Virtual Colonoscopy as the primary diagnostic test in screening for colorectal cancer. Additional studies and articles have suggested that the success rates of identifying polyps and tumors in the colon is also highly dependent upon the experience level and expertise of the physician, regardless of whether Virtual Colonoscopy or the traditional method is used. Virtual Physical has been providing Virtual Colonoscopies for over 3 years with our physicians reading over 1,000 such scans.
A New England Journal of Medicine article (Boston University, November, 1999) comparing virtual colonoscopy to conventional colonoscopy concluded virtual colonoscopy to "have similar efficacy for the detection of polyps" that are likely to be cancerous. The Virtual PhysicalTM technology provides higher resolution with faster scanning and advanced proprietary software. This results in a more detailed 3-dimensional viewing capability adding to the diagnostic value of your examination.
The day before your Virtual Colonoscopy you will be required to take a prep to properly cleanse your bowels. We are currently recommending that patients purchase the Fleet Prep Kit #1 and follow the instructions for the 24-hour prep. This may be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacy. Please note that some pharmacies may require a days notice to order the kit.
Prior to your scan, a small enema tip (about the size of a pen) is inserted into your rectum. The technologist will fill your colon with air which is necessary in order to visualize your bowels. The only discomfort may be a feeling of fullness due to the air. The colonoscopy itself takes only about ten minutes.
A Virtual Colonoscopy is contraindicated in patients with rectal bleeding, history of diverticulitis, Crohn's Disease or those who have a recent colonoscopy with positive findings.