Pros and cons of the virtual colonoscopy
A virtual colonoscopy can be the less intimidating option for patients who are uncomfortable with anesthesia. And because no sedation is required, one can return to their normal activities following the procedure in most cases. However, it’s important to note that, according to Hopkins Medicine, a virtual colonoscopy might not detect small polyps the way a traditional one can. Furthermore, tissue samples cannot be collected in this type of colonoscopy so if something is found, a traditional colonoscopy may be called for so a doctor can collect samples or remove polyps. Getting a virtual colonoscopy does not mean a traditional one is entirely avoidable.