Proactive health check
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Our first line health checks are specifically tailored to give you a picture of how different aspects of your body are functioning and performing. Click Start Booking to pay the health check deposit of £30 and take the first step to your health check.
Take the first step to understanding your health
All good things are built on a strong foundation and that’s what our Proactive health check is. It is packed with different diagnostics and biomarkers to provide you with real insight into your health at our most popular package.
Click on one of the buttons or scroll down to see the different diagnostic tests that are included with this health check and what’s included with each test.
This Health Check includes a detailed multi-plane ultrasound scan and will look at the following key organs to evaluate and assess the health of the major abdominal organs as shown below.
The liver is one of the most important abdominal organs. The liver's main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body.
The gallbladder is a small, pouch-like organ in the upper right part of your tummy. It stores bile, a fluid produced by the liver that helps break down fatty foods.
The kidneys play many important roles to keep your body in balance. They remove waste and toxins, excess water from the bloodstream, which is carried out of the body in urine. They helped to make hormones to produce red blood cells, and they turn vitamin D into its active form, so it's usable in the body.
The pancreas plays a crucial role in digestion by producing enzymes that help to break down food and managing your use of sugar for energy after digestion.
The spleen plays multiple supporting roles in the body. It acts as a filter for blood as part of the immune system. Old red blood cells are recycled in the spleen, and platelets and white blood cells are stored there. The spleen also helps fight certain kinds of bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis.
Aortic Aneurysm Screen
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of checking if there's a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from your heart down through your tummy.
An AAA will often cause few or no obvious symptoms, but if it's left to get bigger, it could burst and cause life-threatening bleeding inside your tummy.
Screening can pick up an AAA before it bursts. If an AAA is found, you can choose to have regular scans to monitor it or surgery to stop it bursting.
This Health Check includes a comprehensive blood test assessing a total of 49 different blood markers, these are listed below according to their category. All of the tests in W1 are included, new categories or ones with additional markers are marked with a star*.
- Red Cell Count
This test tells you how many red blood cells you have. Red blood cells contain a substance called haemoglobin, which transports oxygen around the body.
- White Cell Count
There are several types of white blood cells in your body and your blood usually contains a percentage of each type. Sometimes, however, your white blood cell count can fall or rise out of the healthy range. This may be due to an underlying condition or infection.
A white blood cell (WBC) count is a test that measures the number of white blood cells in your body. It may also be called a leukocyte test. The term “white blood cell count” is also used more generally to refer to the number of white blood cells in your body.
- Alkaline Phosphatase
- Alanine Transferase
Liver function tests are blood tests used to help diagnose and monitor liver disease or damage. The tests measure the levels of certain enzymes and proteins in your blood.
The kidney health blood test is a general marker of kidney function. This test will indicate how your kidneys are performing by measuring levels of urea, creatinine, and eGFR. High levels of urea, creatinine and a low eGFR can indicate acute or chronic kidney infection.
HbA1c is what’s known as glycated haemoglobin. This is something that’s made when the glucose (sugar) in your body sticks to your red blood cells. Your body can’t use the sugar properly, so more of it sticks to your blood cells and builds up in your blood. Red blood cells are active for around 2-3 months, which is why the reading is taken quarterly.
A high HbA1c means you have too much sugar in your blood. This means you’re more likely to develop diabetes complications, like serious problems with your eyes and feet.
A total protein test measures the amount of protein in your blood.
Proteins are important for the health and growth of the body's cells and tissues.
The test can help diagnose a number of health conditions, including:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Total Cholesterol
- LDL Cholesterol*
- Non-HDL Cholesterol*
- HDL Cholesterol*
- HDL % of Total*
A cholesterol test is used to determine whether your cholesterol is high and to estimate your risk of heart attacks and other forms of heart disease and diseases of the blood vessels.
HDL and LDL are different types of cholesterol often referred to as good and bad cholesterol. Knowing how much good, bad and total cholesterol helps to give a much clearer picture of your Cholesterol status and
- High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein*
This is a test used to help diagnose conditions that cause inflammation.
CRP is produced by the liver and if there is a higher concentration of CRP than usual, it's a sign of inflammation in your body.
A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test is more sensitive than a standard CRP test
- Platelet Count
Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are small blood cells that are essential for blood clotting. Clotting is the process that helps you stop bleeding after an injury.
A platelet count test measures the number of platelets in your blood. A lower than normal platelet count is called thrombocytopenia. This condition can cause you to bleed too much after a cut or other injury that causes bleeding. A higher than normal platelet count is called thrombocytosis. This can make your blood clot more than you need it to. Blood clots can be dangerous because they can block blood flow.
- Transferrin Saturation
The serum iron test is used to measure the amount of iron that is in transit in the body – the iron that is bound to transferrin in the blood. Along with other tests, it is used to help detect and diagnose iron deficiency or iron overload. Testing may also be used to help differentiate various causes of anemia.
The amount of iron present in the blood will vary throughout the day and from day to day. For this reason, serum iron is almost always measured with other iron tests, including ferritin, transferrin, and calculated total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) and transferrin saturation.
- Creatinine Kinase
This test measures the amount of creatine kinase (CK) in the blood. CK is a type of protein, known as an enzyme. It is mostly found in your skeletal muscles and heart, with lesser amounts in the brain. Skeletal muscles are the muscles attached to your skeleton. They work with your bones to help you move and give your body power and strength. Heart muscles pump blood in and out of the heart
A sodium blood test measures the amount of sodium in your blood. Sodium is a type of electrolyte. Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that help maintain fluid levels and the balance of chemicals in your body called acids and bases. Sodium also helps your nerves and muscles work properly.
- Vitamin B12*
- Vitamin D*
Vitamin and minerals are micronutrients you need in tiny amounts. If you don’t get enough of these it can lead to a nutrient deficiency. A blood test can be done to diagnose a deficiency. If you know you’re deficient in something you might need to take a supplement.
The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system and is crucial for all cell functions.
Thyroid Hormone tests can help check how the thyroid gland is working, to diagnose thyroid gland disorders and to monitor the response of thyroid disorders to treatment
CA125 is an ovarian cancer risk marker that checks the level of a protein CA125 in your blood. Its normal to have this protein in your blood but elevated levels can be an indication of ovarian cancer.
Please note: A high reading of CA125 on its own does not give a diagnosis of ovarian cancer and clinical correlation is required.
Hormones are the messaging system of your body and in women these hormones above are crucial in regulating the menstrual cycle and ovulation.
Monitoring the levels of these hormones can help identify potential fertility related issues, ovulation and if you are having problems with regular menstrual cycle.
This Health Check includes a blood pressure test.
Blood pressure is used to describe the strength with which your blood pushes on the sides of your arteries as it’s being pumped around your body.
Low blood pressure also known as hypotension is not usually a problem, although it can cause dizziness and fainting in some people.
High blood pressure also known as hypertension can increase your risk of developing serious problems, such as heart attacks and strokes, if it’s not treated.
Q Risk Score
There are many different tools, tests, predictors for cardiovascular health however we believe QRISK®3 is one of the best which is why this is included in this health check.
The QRISK®3 algorithm calculates a person’s risk of developing a heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years. It presents the average risk of people with the same risk factors as those entered for that person.
The QRISK®3 algorithm has been developed by doctors and academics working in the UK National Health Service and is based on routinely collected data from many thousands of GPs across the country who have freely contributed data to the QResearch database for medical research.
Diagnostics by themselves are amazing tools and can help us not only better understand our health but uncover health risks early. However with a comprehensive health check such as this one putting all the pieces together is more challenging than meets the eye.
This is why each of our health checks come with a report from one of our UK registered and based doctors that helps summarise and comment on the results as well as help point out the good, the bad and the ugly!
You will receive results of your blood test, ultrasound scan along with a report from one of our GP partners summarising the results and any further action that may or may not be necessary.
In all cases we strongly recommend sharing your results with your regular GP/ health care provider.
- You will need to have been fasting from food for at least 6 hours prior to having this scan, however you may drink clear fluids such as water.
- If you are diabetic then maintain your normal food intake but try your best to avoid fatty or dairy products for at least 6 hours prior to having the scan.
- You may maintain your normal medication.
- This scan requires access to the area of interest, therefore it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
The assessment involves ultrasound scans and blood tests.
During the scan you will be asked to uncover your pelvic area and a small amount of jelly will be placed over your skin. An ultrasound camera will then be placed on top and moved along your pelvis. This will result in a picture appearing on the ultrasound monitor and patient TV.
The examination itself usually lasts around 10-15 minutes and is pain free.
Sometimes you may also require an internal scan. For this scan you will be asked to empty your bladder. You will need to take everything bottom half off and a sheet will be provided to cover yourself with. You will be laying on your back and a camera will be placed inside your vagina which will be moved around to obtain information. This procedure is usually pain free however occasionally you may experience some discomfort. You will be able to pause or stop this procedure at any time if you feel the need to.
The blood test is just like a standard blood test.
We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested prior to or at the time of the scan.
We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP’s, doctors, physiotherapists, midwifes and many other healthcare professionals.
Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone really sets us apart from the vast majority of other clinics and is the main reason why we are amongst the few diagnostic clinics to not only be approved by but also provide services to the NHS and thus the general public. This also means that unlike many other clinics we have additional strict quality control measures which we must adhere to meaning you are in safe hands with us and our team.
Study images from the ultrasound scan are not typically provided but can be requested separately after the ultrasound scan. There is a small administration charge to produce them and they can be provided in either an electronic PDF format or put on a CD and posted to you.
Please contact our customer care team for more support on this.
You will receive a verbal summary of the ultrasound scan findings after your scan appointment.
Full results including the diagnostic scan report and summary report from one of our GP partners will be securely emailed to you within 2-3 days after your appointment.
Note: all reports are password protected for your safety, details of the password will be mentioned in the email containing the report.
- Deposit payment or payment in full will be required at the time of booking.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested prior to or at the time of your appointment.
Typically the ultrasound scan portion of the health check should last between 35-45 minutes.
The blood test should only last between 5-10 minutes.
This is a guide and actual times may vary slightly.
You will be seen by a healthcare professional who specialises in clinical medical ultrasound. Unlike other diagnostic tests which produce results for analysis, ultrasound imaging is “real- time” therefore the quality of the scan being performed is the basis of the information you take away and heavily depends upon the expertise, experience and skill of the healthcare professional scanning you.
This is an important point which is often overlooked by many people when deciding where to go, therefore you can be reassured that at The Scan Clinic you will always be seen by an expert who has vast expertise and experience in the field of medical ultrasound.
It is important to take your results to your regular healthcare provider for interpretation. Whilst high levels or abnormal results could mean you have ovarian cancer, this test is not definitive and elevated results could be signs of other problems such as endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease and pregnancy.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
- The health check requires access to areas of your body; therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
- All our health checks are optional and available for those aged at least 16 years old or over.