A colonoscopy is a screening test for colon cancer. It can help detect polyps, ulcers, tumors and inflammation or bleeding in colon. In a conventional colonoscopy, an internal exam of the colon is performed using a colonoscope, a small camera attached to a flexible tube. The doctor will provide written instructions about how to prepare for colonoscopy. After administration of a sedative and pain reliever, the colonoscope is inserted through the rectum and advanced to the small bowel.
At Rush Copley, colonoscopies are performed at the Center for Digestive Health. Here, board-certified gastroenterologists screen and treat patients with short-term and chronic digestive conditions with the latest medical technology in the comfort of spacious, private rooms. The Center’s nurses and technicians have specialty training and certifications in Gastroenterology nursing.