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What Is a Screening Colonoscopy?
Our nationally renowned endoscopy experts emphasize quality and patient comfort to provide a thorough screening and a pleasant experience for you. Colonoscopy is an outpatient test that we use to look for and remove colon polyps that could later become cancer.
A colonoscopy also helps our team detect colorectal cancer at its early stages, when it is most curable.
During the test, we examine your colon using a small flexible tube and tiny camera that we insert into your rectum (endoscope or colonoscope).
Colonoscopy options available at Stanford Health Care include:
- Screening colonoscopy: Most people can have this standard screening test. Using a tube that is four or six feet in length, we examine your entire colon.
- Virtual colonoscopy: If you are not able to tolerate or have not been able to complete other screening tests for colorectal cancer, we offer virtual colonoscopy, which uses advanced imaging technology, instead of an endoscope, to examine your colon.
- Diagnostic colonoscopy: If you are experiencing symptoms of a gastrointestinal disorder, such as bleeding, pain, or diarrhea, a colonoscopy can help us diagnose or rule out conditions besides cancer, such as inflammatory bowel disease, and to determine the best treatment plan for you.