ask about the option of a "virtual" exam instead of the unpleasant
Colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are performed by Gastroenterologists using
a long flexible optic fiber tube via your rectum, and sliding it until
the beginning of the colon ( large intestine ) at the Cecum.
In Israel the exam is usually done on an ambulatory basis, usually
in community "Gastro" clinics. The patient is conscious; but usually
receives some relaxant medications before the procedure. The exam
is not painful for most patients. The gastroenterologist pumps air
into the intestine during the exam to see the walls better. This may
be unpleasant or even a bit painful for some. The exam lasts less
than ten minutes. If a "polyp" is found, it is usually removed during
the procedure, and sent for a pathological exam. In other countries,
a Colonoscopy may be done under general anesthesia.
An annoying preparation is necessary for the Colonoscopy, virtual
or regular. In order to see the intestinal walls, the intestine must
be "clean" ( feces-free ). A low residue diet is maintained for a
few days; with a fluid-only diet on the last 24 hours prior to the
exam. A strong laxative is taken the night before the exam and then
again in the morning, and an enema given a couple hours before. (
The exact preparation may vary from doctor to doctor, and you will
be given written instructions from the gastroenterologist ). Most
patients report that the preparation was more difficult than the Colonoscopy
What is the
"Virtual Colonoscopy" ?
A virtual Colonoscopy
uses a CT Scan coupled with a computer program to "recreate" a 3-D
picture of your intestines that enables the doctor to cruise through
a "virtual" colon. It is only done privately; the Kupot Holim ( HMO's
) do not participate in the costs. Some private health insurance policies
cover this exam. Check with your insurance agent. The same preparation
is necessary for the Virtual Colonoscopy.
1. Private: costs about 200$
2. Same unpleasant preparation required
3. If a polyp is seen ( about a 40% chance ) than a regular Colonoscopy
is required to remove the polyp.
4. Radiation: Using the CT exposes the patient to a large dose of
If you would like more information you can contact Assuta 03-5645858
Swallowing A Capsule Camera
available is one developed in Israel. It involves swallowing a disposable
digital camera that takes thousands of pictures of your gastrointestinal
tract. This technology is very important in visualizing the small
intestine, as we have no other technique to see this area. This can
be very helpful in patients with GI bleeding; or inflammatory disease.
It is not useful for a routine screening test.
This exam is only done privately. It costs about 1000$
The Israeli company "Givenimaging" is based in Yokneam Elite 04 9097777.
The exam is currently done in ten locations in Israel.
Beilenson Hospital 03 9377242
Asaf Harofe 08 9779722
Ichilov Hospital 03 6974281
Rambam Hospital 04 8542887
Tel Hashomer Hospital 03 5302679