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Advanced Body Scan: Virtual Colonoscopy

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Non-invasive Colon Diagnostics With Advanced Body Scan

Preventing colon health related problems through professional diagnostics is now easier than ever. At Advanced Body Scan, we have non-invasive methods of determining the state of your colon with even more comprehensive results than the optical scope.

With our GE Optima CT scanner, we can get images of your colon in a short amount of time – usually in as little as 15 minutes! With this method, we get images similar to what we would see via the traditional colonoscopy method, but this way the process is non-invasive, and does not require any preparation on the part of the patient. Anesthesia is not required during this procedures, and there is no risk of tears, puncture, or damage to any part of the colon.

Using this method, the physician is able to have greater control of the situation. We can zoom in on specific areas, take measurements, record data, and more.

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A Virtual Colonoscopy Can Detect a Variety of Different Problems

Colon Cancer

Since the early 1990’s, the rates of colon cancer deaths have dropped by about 35%. This is due to the ability for regular monitoring and preventative screenings that modern technology has afforded us.

However, colon cancer is still a major problem. 80% of colon cancer deaths are caused by cancer which would have been treatable if caught early on. Colon cancer is one of the three leading causes of deaths in America for both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups. Colon cancer tends to be found most often in people older than 50.

What is colon cancer?

Colorectal cancer begins as abnormal cell growth in the colon or rectum. Whether it is called “colon cancer” or “rectal cancer” is contingent on where it starts. This type of cancer often begins in the innermost layer of the colon and rectum and grows outward through some or all of the skin layers there.

Colorectal cancer cells can progress into nearby lymph nodes, and eventually, to different parts of the body.

There are 5 types of colorectal cancer:

  • Adenocarcinomas: This is the most common type, accounting for 95% of all colorectal cancers. This begins as abnormal cell growth of the cells comprising the mucus which lubricates the inside of the colon and rectum.
  • Carcinoid tumors: This is the abnormal growth of cells which produce specialized hormones within the intestine.
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs): This is the abnormal growth of cells in the colon wall, interstitial cells of Cajal.
  • Lymphomas: This is the abnormal growth of cells in the immune system.
  • Sarcomas: This type is rare, and originates in the blood vessels, muscle layers, or connective tissues inside the colon and rectum wall.

Symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea, constipation, or narrow stool lasting for many days
  • Lack of feeling relieved after a bowel movement
  • Bleeding of the rectum
  • Bloody stools
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Sudden weight loss

At Advanced Body Scan, our Virtual Colonoscopy technology will accurately diagnose any of these problems.

Colon Polyps

These are relatively small clumps of cells that form within the colon lining. While they are mostly harmless, they can develop into colon cancer over time.

Colon polyps are relatively common, and can be developed by anyone. People are mainly at risk for developing colon polyps at age 50 or over.

Colon polyps come in two forms:

  • Non-neoplastic: These include hyperplastic, inflammatory, and hamartomatous polyps. These types of colon polyps are normally harmless and rarely become cancerous.
  • Neoplastic polyps: These include adenomas and serrated polyps. In this form, they are often larger than non-neoplastic polyps and have greater potential of becoming cancerous.

Although colon polyps often do not manifest in any symptoms, there are exceptions to this. Sometimes people experience symptoms, including:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Alteration in stool color
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Pain
  • Iron deficiency anemia

Because colon polyps rarely show symptoms, there is often no way of knowing you have them. The only way to know for sure is through a colonoscopy. At Advanced Body Scan, our Virtual Colonoscopy is non-invasive, painless, and will give us all of the information we need to determine the state of your colon.

Kidney Stones

These are hard, rough deposits of minerals and salts which have formed inside the kidneys. When urine becomes concentrated, the minerals in the kidneys have a greater ability to adhere to one another.

Kidney stones can be a problem throughout your entire urinary tract, including your kidneys and bladder. Although kidney stones are a painful condition, they often do not cause any permanent damage, especially if they are detected early.

Treatment for the early detection of kidney stones often involves pain medication, hydration, and letting them pass naturally. There is, however, the possibility that they can become lodged in the urinary tract. In this case, surgery may be required.

Kidney stone symptoms include:

  • Severe side and back pain below the ribs
  • Pain radiating to the lower abdomen and groin
  • Waves of pain that fluctuate in their intensity
  • Painful urination
  • Cloudy and bad smelling urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent need to urinate, and urinating more often than usual but in small amounts
  • Fever and chills

If you are undergoing these symptoms, it is a good idea to get diagnosed as quickly as possible. Early diagnosis of kidney stones will make treatment easier and more effective.

At Advanced Body Scan, we can detect the presence of kidney stones via our Virtual Colonoscopy, which is non-invasive and painless.

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