What will they think of next? There is now a smartphone app that gives bowel prep step-by-step instructions. You can even input the bowel prep prescribed and time of the endoscopy and then instructions and alerts will help guide you.
I have performed colonoscopies for 18 years and seen thousands of colons. The importance of a good prep cannot be overstated. When there is stool lining the walls of the colon, the ability to see the walls to assess presence of polyps (or other pathology) decreases.
Digestive Disease Week reported a study which showed patients who used the smartphone app had a significantly better bowel prep than those that did not use it. (It’s humorous the study notes the physician-evaluator was “blinded”. . . hopefully that means that he didn’t know which patients had looked at the app).
The app is free and available for iPhone and Android devices. Look up “Arizona Digestive Health.”
Hope this helps!