The Doctor José Molina Orosa Hospital, attached to the Ministry of Health, has established in recent months the practice of virtual colonoscopy, a minimally invasive test for those patients with delicate health or in whom it is impossible to carry out a conventional colonoscopy
As reported in a note by the Ministry, this procedure, which tries to detect possible tumors or polypoid formations in the colon, is carried out using computed tomography and virtually recreates detailed images of the interior of the large intestine. This recreation with software allows specialists to observe the three planes of the space and make a proper assessment.
Virtual colonoscopy or colonography is observed as an alternative to the traditional one and is reserved for high-risk patients, in whom it is not advisable to perform the conventional procedure or who cannot be sedated, as well as those in which an anomaly in the intestine prevents the use of the colonoscope. The start-up of this service at Molina Orosa avoids the referral and transfer of patients to the referral hospitals, as has happened until now.
This diagnostic test does not require sedation, it involves distending the colon and doing a CT study, face up and face down, of the patient’s abdomen and pelvis. According to the doctors of the Radiology Service It is very effective for evaluating polyps from 4 mm and colon cancers. In addition, it is possible, at the same time, to make a complete study of the abdomen and assess the wall of the intestine in its internal and external part.
However, they point out, one of the drawbacks of the procedure lies in the impossibility of taking samples of the visualized lesions, therefore, if significant polyps are found, the patient will have to undergo an intervention for their removal.
The Diagnostic Imaging service at the Doctor José Molina Orosa Hospital, directed by Dr. Lourdes Guillén, has a team of professionals immersed in a process of training constant that has allowed the hospital to incorporate this new technique and others such as the use of radiofrequency to treat benign thyroid nodules, which has taken hold in recent months.
In this year marked by the pandemic, it is worth highlighting the effort made by Radiology for the diagnosis of COVID-19. Between the months of March to November, a total of 653 thoracic CT scans were performed at the Hospital compared to the 457 that were done in the same period of 2019, which represents a notable increase of 42.88%.