What should I expect during this exam?
Our Technologist begins by positioning you on the CT examination table, usually lying flat on your back or possibly on your side or on your stomach. Straps and pillows may be used to help you maintain the correct position and to hold still during the exam. We will try to make this as comfortable as possible for you.
A very small, flexible tube will be passed two inches into your rectum to allow air to be gently pumped into the colon using a hand-held squeeze bulb. Sometimes an electronic pump is used to deliver carbon dioxide gas into the colon. The purpose of the gas is to distend the colon as much as possible to eliminate any folds or wrinkles that might obscure polyps from the physician's view.
Next, the table will move through the scanner. Patients are asked to hold their breath for about 7-10 seconds before turning over and lying on their back or side for a second pass through the scanner. Once the scan is done, the tube is removed. The entire examination is usually completed within 15 minutes!
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Peninsula Imaging, LLC
Address:1655 Woodbrooke Drive, Suite 101, Salisbury Maryland, 21804
Phone: 410-749-1123 / Toll Free: 1-866-725-1061