Is preparation different between colonoscopy and virtual colonoscopy?

This question was asked in Aurora, Colorado on 04/20/2012.
What is the difference between colonoscopy and virtual colonoscopy? I heard there were tablets to take the night before, as opposed to drinking glasses of liquid.

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 4/25/2012

The facility that will perform the virtual colonoscopy will need to direct you on how to prep as each facility may be different. There is usually a cleansing prep needed.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 4/24/2012

The bowel prep for both colonoscopy and virtual colonoscopy tests are the same.