Virtual Colonoscopy

EBCT (Electron Beam Computed Tomography) Imaging Scan

Introducing the EBCT C300 scanner, developed by Imatron technologies, which is the latest generation of diagnostic CT technology. The EBCT uses patented technology called electron beam computed tomography, a highly advanced CT technology that has no moving parts. Using an electron beam rather than the standard CT x-ray tube, imaging is done at speeds up to 10 times faster and with 1/10th the radiation of other CT scanners. EBCT is non-invasive, open, safe, and emits the lowest level of radiation in the CT industry.

The EBCT scan can perform imaging to create virtually motion-free visualization of the heart, vessels and all organs in the torso. With EBCT, our specialists can see premature, pre-symptomatic heart and vascular disease, lung cancer, colon cancers, other cancers, and abnormalities. These diseases, which are preventable and possibly curable when detected early, account for 90% of the causes of death, disability, or loss of productivity in adult men and women over the age of 40.

EBCT for Virtual Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2015 are:

  • 93,090 new cases of colon cancer
  • 39,610 new cases of rectal cancer

Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20 (5%). This risk is slightly lower in women than in men. Your risk of getting colorectal cancer increases as you age. More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older.

Other lifestyle risk factors include:

  • Lack of regular physical activity
  • Low fruit and vegetable intake
  • A low-fiber and high-fat diet
  • Obesity
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Use of tobacco

Virtual Colonoscopy vs Conventional Colonoscopy

Virtual colonoscopy uses EBCT scan to take pictures of the inside of the colon from outside of your body and allows a physician to examine a colon that may be constricted by swelling or abnormal growth. It is used to identify signs of colorectal cancer or colon cancer in both men and women, as well as locate polyps and growths of tissue in the colon and rectum, which may be precancerous. With early detection, some polyps can be found and removed before they can turn into cancer. If cancer is already present, it is more likely to be curable if found early.


  • Minimally invasive and more comfortable
  • Does not use a colonoscope
  • Does not require use of a sedative
  • Has less risk of colon tearing, or perforation, than conventional colonoscopy
  • Lasts about 10 to 15 minutes -Patients can resume normal activities after a virtual colonoscopy



  • Invasive
  • Uses a colonoscope – a long lighted flexible tube which is placed inside your colon and rectum, and it uses a small camera to send images to a video monitor.
  • Usually a sedative is needed
  • Risk of colon tearing or perforation
  • Lasts 30 to 60 minutes
  • Patients usually require recovery time from the sedatives used in a conventional colonoscopy

Who Should Be Screened?

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75. This is an A recommendation—in other words, there is a high certainty that net benefit is substantial.


Have peace of mind knowing that disease can be detected, safely and comfortably, in its earliest stages. Call us today to schedule your virtual colonoscopy.