Provides detailed information about the condition of your coronary arteries and can indicate more precisely your risk of a heart attack or stroke. The scan is looking for calcium build up in the arteries, which indicates the very early stages of heart and vascular disease – long before any symptoms are present. The more calcium (plaque) there is the greater your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. However, if calcium is detected early, modern treatments and lifestyle changes can make all the difference and help reduce your risk of future heart attack and stroke. This also includes an estimate of the "age" of your arteries.
A low dose CT scan of your lungs which will capture hundreds of detailed images which will be reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who will check and report on any evidence of changes visible in the lungs. Our lung scans are six times more accurate than a traditional chest x-ray in detecting the early signs of lung cancer. It is the ability to highlight nodules the size of pea that makes the difference when treating lung disease.
Colon scan (virtual colonoscopy)
Captures hundreds of exceptionally detailed images from outside the body. The images build up a complete picture of the colon, which enables the Consultant Radiologist to undertake a ‘fly through’ of the entire colon allowing for visualisation of any small polyps or changes in the bowel such as diverticular disease. The virtual colonoscopy also gains images of the other abdominal organs such as the liver, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder and spleen.
Bones and joints
When undertaking a scan we obtain images of the bones and joints contained within the specific body area scanned. As part of your report we will include a review of those bones and joints we have images for and will check to see whether there are any abnormalities or changes beyond those we’d expect to see for a person of your age.
Plus five blood tests to include:
Full Lipid Profile
A blood test giving a breakdown of your cholesterol (blood fat) result, inlcuding HDL and LDL (the so called 'good' and 'bad' cholesterols) and triglycerides - a high level of cholesterol increases your risk of cardiovascular disease.
CA125 (ovarian cancer) – for women
Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the silent killer as its symptoms can often be confused with other heatlth issues. Higer levels of CA-125 may indicate some form of abnormality, including ovarian cancer.
PSA (prostate cancer) – for men
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men with 36,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK. A raised PSA can be an early indication of prostate cancer.
Liver disorders are becoming more common in the UK however the condition may be reversible if detected, monitored and lifestyle changes are introduced. The blood test involves several tests to establish how well the liver is functioning.
Gout is one of the most common causes of arthritis and is the most common cause of inflammatory joint disease in men over 40 years of age. It rarely affects women under the age of 40, but is more common in women after the menopause.
An overactive thyroid affects up to 1 in 50 people and can occur at any age. An underactive thyroid is ten times more common in women than in men and usually occurs over the age of 40.
Min age: 45+
Before any booking can be completed, we will need to ensure you are eligible for any aspect of the appointment against our clinical referral criteria.
*Please note: Currently not available at our Edinburgh clinic