Virtual Colonoscopy Benton AR

As a person gets older, depending on their overall health as well as their genetic background, their body might become considerably weaker than it used to be. Some medical procedures in Benton that are necessary to the health of an elderly person can thus become almost too invasive.

Meenakshi Budhraja, MD
(501) 455-7009
11321 Interstate 30 Ste 302
Little Rock, AR
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Gastroenterology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Christian Med Coll, Punjab Univ, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1975

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Kevin Dwight Green, MD
(903) 595-5101
322 Shadow View Dr
Little Rock, AR
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Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1983

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Keith Edward Morris, MD
(409) 772-4386
1804 S Van Buren St
Little Rock, AR
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Gastroenterology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1997

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Louis Duane Velez, MD
(501) 562-4838
4202 S University Ave
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Gastroenterology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1976

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Debra Jo Morrison, MD
(501) 664-6980
409 N University Ave
Little Rock, AR
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Gastroenterology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1981

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Dr.Helen Casteel
(501) 228-7171
1515 South Bowman Road
Little Rock, AR
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F
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Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1976
Speciality
Gastroenterologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Amar Al Juburi, MD
(501) 686-5177
14215 Ridgewood Dr
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Gastroenterology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 1996

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Jack Blackshear, MR
(501) 257-5782
8 Tam O Shanter Ct
Little Rock, AR
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Gastroenterology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Louis Duane Velez
(501) 562-4838
4202 S University Ave
Little Rock, AR
Specialty
Gastroenterology

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Maryelle G Von Lanthen, MD
(501) 228-7171
10220 W Markham St Ste 101
Little Rock, AR
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Gastroenterology
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Female
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Medical School: Kath Univ Leuven, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Leuven, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1983

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Virtual Colonoscopy

As a person gets older, depending on their overall health as well as their genetic background, their body might become considerably weaker than it used to be. Some medical procedures that are necessary to the health of an elderly person can thus become almost too invasive.

However, medical technology has now advanced so that the virtual colonoscopy is now a procedure that is available for the elderly. Middle aged people can also benefit from getting a virtual colonoscopy. In order to understand how this procedure works, it is important to understand what the colon is, and why it is important to have it checked.

The colon is also known as the small intestine. Each time a person eats, the colon is the last place that the food is processed through. Some kinds of food, like meat, can weaken the colon over time. So, after half a lifetime of eating those kinds of foods, it is important for those whoa re fifty years of age and over to have their colon checked. The risk of getting colon cancer is considerably increased with the onset of middle age as well.

So, what is a virtual colonoscopy? It is a procedure that is minimally invasive, providing the doctor with a three dimensional view of the colon. The original colonoscopy involved a long tube with a camera attached to it being placed up the rectum. For some older people, this original procedure was just too much for them, so perforation of the colon sometimes happened.

What is the process behind the virtual colonoscopy? A couple of days before the procedure, the patient will be instructed to only eat certain kinds of food, such as broths. Food like meat and white bread will be avoided, because both are foods that have a tendency to stay in the colon. The night before the procedure, the patient will also be given a special drink that will completely clean out the colon.

On the day of the procedure, the patient will need to show up wearing comfortable clothing that is free from any metal. This means that there should be no metal buttons, zippers, chains, or anything else of that nature. Hearing aids and glasses are also discouraged. If the patient does not happen to have any clothing that is free from metal, then a medical gown will be provided for the patient to wear during the procedure.

The patient will then be positioned on an examining table, and a small plastic tube, attached to a camera for the scanner, will be placed about two inches into the rectum. Some air will then be infused through the tube so that the scanner can pick up all the details of the colon without any folds occurring.

Then, the scanner will make several passes, during which the patient might be asked to assume a couple of positions. While the scanner is passing over the body, the patient will be asked to remain as still as possible. The overall procedure will take about fifteen minutes to complete, after which the patient is usually able to resume daily activities.

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