do I know if I need the test?
On average, 1 in 20 people will develop the disease over the
course of their lifetime. 90% of cases occur in patients over
age 50, and the majority of cases (75%) occur in people with no
known risk factors. You are at greater risk if you have a family
history of colorectal cancer or with other well established risk
factors such as anaemia and change in bowel habits. In
addition, this scan is advisable for those over the age of 50
since there is a higher risk of colorectal cancer with increased
age. Now that this accurate, quick and safe test for early
colon cancer is available, it easy to screen for colon cancer
and detect disease in its earliest, most treatable stages.
How do I prepare for the test?
A preparation pack will be sent to you once your appointment has
been confirmed. We would like to know beforehand whether you
suffer from either asthma, kidney or liver impairment and/or
diabetes because these patients require special preparation.
What will happen during the
You will be taken into the scanning room and asked to lie down
on the scanning bed. A small tube is inserted in the back
passage and air is gently pumped in to fill the bowels.
Two scans are carried out; one lying on your back and another
one lying on your front. During the first scan the
intra-venous contrast is injected under controlled supervision.
For both scans you will be asked to hold your breath for about
What will the test result tell
Utilizing advanced 3-D image rendering techniques, a virtual
voyage through the colon is generated from the scan images. You
will be presented with a report which will tell you the presence
of colon abnormalities such as polyps or colon cancer. The
report will also include any abnormalities in the
What happens next?
Depending on your scan result you may be referred to a
specialist physician who will advise you on the course of your
treatment. A repeat scan every 2-5 years is recommended,
depending on your individual case.