Sentara CarePlex Hospital Colorectal Services Colonoscopy
is the endoscopic examination of the large colon and the distal part of the small bowel with a CCD camera or a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the rectum. It may provide a visual diagnosis (e.g. ulceration, polyps) and grants the opportunity for biopsy or removal of suspected lesions.
Endorectal Ultrasound, where a small probe uses high-energy sound waves. This tool is very useful for imaging the anatomy of the anal sphincters and rectum in patients with a variety of anorectal diseases.
Anorectal manometry, where a catheter and machine record contractions of the rectum and muscles of the anus, is another option for patients with incontinence or diarrhea as well as for women who may have suffered a tear during childbirth.
Defecography, a radiological test, and pelvic floor MRIs give doctors detailed information on how a patient’s rectum empties. These exams often are used to diagnose patients who experience fecal incontinence, regular diarrhea or symptoms of a pelvic support disorder.
Pudendal nerve testing, which examines an important nerve that extends to the bladder and muscles that control bowel movements, should be available at the hospital’s program soon. So should new electromyography equipment, which tests the electrical activity of muscles. They are examples of Sentara’s dedication to continuously build its program by adding the latest technology for patients. Computed tomography
(CT), magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI), and positron emission tomography
(PET) are all advanced technologies often used to pinpoint cancerous tissue.
Genetic Counseling and Testing for Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes involves taking a blood sample that can determine if a patient is at risk for hereditary cancer. Therefore, the patient and his doctor can begin steps to reduce his risk and possibly prevent colorectal cancer