HEALTH SCREENING

  • 1. CONSULTATION
  • 2. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
  • 3. INVESTIGATIONS
  • 4. URINALYSIS
  • 5. GENDER SPECIFIC TESTS

Health screening aims to identify health risk factors such as blood pressure, raised cholesterol and sugar levels, predisposition to particular illnesses and to place an emphasis on preventative medicine.

Screening can also lead to the early detection of cancer, particularly prostate, bowel and breast cancer and is recommended on an annual basis.

Blood test results are available on the following day and a medical report is sent to each individual. Health screening can be tailored to demands but generally includes

1. CONSULTATION

To cover life style aspects, current medical concerns and a past medical and family history assessment.

2. PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

To include blood pressure measurement, cardiovascular, respiratory and abdominal examination. Testicular and rectal examination (the latter in men over 50 years of age) to assess both the rectum and prostate gland. Breast examination in women.

3. INVESTIGATIONS

a) Height, weight, body mass index calculation and body fat percentage.

b) Detailed blood analysis to test for conditions such as anaemia, diabetes, gout and liver and renal disorders. A blood fat profile is analysed for total serum cholesterol and cholesterol sub-fractions together with a triglyceride measurement (the other main blood fat).

For men over 50 years of age, or earlier in those with a family history of prostate cancer, the tumour marker prostate specific antigen (PSA) is measured and recommended on an annual basis.

c) A resting electrocardiogram to assess cardiac function.

d) A lung function test to assess pulmonary function.

e) Eye and hearing test if indicated or requested.

f) Urinalysis to test for a range of substances including sugar, blood, protein and nitrite, the latter to help assess the presence of any infection. If indicated further laboratory examination will be undertaken including microscopic analysis and culture.

g) EBCT heart scans (calcium scans of the heart) may be recommended for those at increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. For further details please refer to the web site www.drscourt.com/ecbt.php.

h) Screening colonoscopy for bowel cancer recommended from the age of 55 years (possibly earlier if there is a family history of bowel cancer), and this can be performed either endoscopically or by CT scanning. For further details please refer to the website www.drscourt.com/bowel_imaging.php.

4. FEMALE TESTS

These include:

a. breast examination

b. cervical smear and HPV testing

c. mammography and bone densitometry can be arranged at additional cost