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Virtual colonoscopy is a procedure that uses a CT scan to construct virtual images of the colon. Virtual colonoscopy takes approximately 10 minutes, is less invasive, and no conscious sedation is necessary in comparison to optical colonoscopy. Virtual colonoscopy may not be the recommended for some patients due to their medical history.

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