Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God Hospital in Krakow

How to Prepare for Your Virtual Colonoscopy Appointment

Virtual Colonoscopy

About the procedure

This procedure is covered by NFZ insurance or paid for by the patients.
A medical referral is mandatory for any procedure performed using a CT scanner.
Patients who register for a procedure covered by NFZ insurance are asked to arrive at the CT Laboratory at the scheduled date and time. Patients who register for an examination which they will pay for are asked to go to the Reception Desk of the Specialist Outpatient Care Department to make the payment.
This examination is performed in the morning.

How to prepare for your appointment

Make sure to bring with you the results of your creatinine test—and if you have hyperthyroidism, your TSH assay; the test results are valid for 2 weeks.

Patients must prepare for a virtual colonoscopy; they must clean food residues from the bowel.
The referring physician will prescribe a special medication that the patient must buy at a pharmacy. Note that the medication is available by prescription only.
The most commonly prescribed bowel-cleansing agents, in alphabetical order, are Citra Fleet, Clensia, Eziclen, Fortrans, Moviprep, and Olopeg. The choice of the bowel-cleansing agent depends on the physician’s and the patient’s preferences and the patient’s health and co-morbidities.

  • Do not eat whole-grain bread, stone fruit, or seeded fruits or vegetables (such as cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, poppy seeds, kiwis, or strawberries) for 4 days before the scheduled colonoscopy.
  • On the day before the examination:

* eat a light breakfast and soup for lunch (a broth or creamy soup) and do not eat again before the examination;
* drink the prescribed agent in the afternoon
– On the day of your procedure
• drink clear non-carbonated fluids
• do not eat anything.

Before the examination make sure to tell the medical staff if you have any allergies or if you are hypersensitive to the contrast agents.
You should bring with you the medical reports of your previous tests and procedures (discharge summaries, reports of ultrasound scans, angiograms, CT scans, or reports from consultations with specialists) and a list of your current medications.

If you experience any adverse symptoms during the procedure following the intravenous contrast injection (shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, itchy skin, or chest pain), inform the medical staff.

You are advised to drink around 2.5 liters of non-carbonated water or unsweetened drinks during the first 24 hours after the examination in order to help your body eliminate the contrast agent.
In rare cases, you may experience nausea, skin rash, or itching after the contrast agent is administered. Please immediately report these symptoms to the physician.
– You will be monitored for around 20 minutes after the examination.
How to collect the results
The results will be ready approx. 7 days after the examination.
Call 516 17 11 66 to find out whether your results are ready.
You can collect the results in person or with written authorization at the Hospital’s Main Reception Desk (behind the doorman’s room) from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (until 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays).


Virtual Colonoscopy

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