Full Body Cancer Screening

We believe that one of the best ways to reduce cancer deaths is through prevention. As part of our cancer screening service, we offer full body cancer screening, used to detect difficult to diagnose cancers, so they can be identified early enough to treat.

Why get a full body cancer scan?

A number of cancers can be difficult to detect until it’s too late, as they don’t tend to produce symptoms. These include liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, renal cancer (kidney/bladder), ovarian and brain cancer. Regular and established screening programmes to detect these cancers are not widely available, which is why they often don’t get detected until they are too late to treat. They are often referred to as the ‘silent cancers’ as they are often untreatable and the ones that kill.

At Phoenix Hospital Group, we are proud to offer a full body cancer screening service that can detect these silent cancers and identify them early enough so to treat.

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How much does a full body scan cost?

Our full body cancer screening costs £1,950.  This includes:

  • A full body MRI scan using our innovative Diffusion Whole Body (DWB) advanced cancer screening technology, at 9 Harley Street
  • Scan results reviewed by two of the UK’s top cancer screening Consultant Radiologists, Professors Anwar Padhani and Dow-Mu Koh
  • A detailed report that outlines your scan findings, location of cancer lesions if detected, and advice about follow up treatment
  • On-going referrals to our expert cancer specialists or for additional tests/scans if required
How much does a full body scan cost?
How does the scan work?
What does it look for?

We use a new, innovative imaging technique called Diffusion Whole Body (DWB) examination.

This innovative technology, combined with the expertise of our highly experienced Consultant Radiologists, means we can detect cancer lesions as small as 5 millimetres, ensuring difficult to detect cancers are diagnosed early and can be treated effectively before it’s too late.

The Diffusion Whole Body (DWB) MRI scan covers the whole body (from the head down to just the upper thigh). All of the vital organs are scanned for cancer, including the brain, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and spine.

The scan can also detect more common cancers, such as bowel, lungs, breast & prostate, however it is not designed to be a replacement for these well-established and effective screening programmes such as CT colonography, mammogram and ultrasound.

The scan also screens for lymphomas (tumours of the blood) and myelomas (tumours of the skin).

Who is the scan for?

The risk of cancer grows as we get older, and increases by 3% per annum once you’re over the age of 45.

Patients have many reasons for wanting to use our full body cancer screening service, but the most common are:

  • You have lost family and friends to cancer and want peace of mind that you don’t have it
  • You’ve had cancer before and are 5 years clear, but want to be reassured it hasn’t come back or spread
  • You are committed to staying healthy and want to include a full body cancer scan as part of your annual health screening
  • You are concerned about your health and have an unhealthy lifestyle that could result in cancer
Who is the scan for?

Our cancer screening experts

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Professor Anwar Padhani

Honorary lecturer at the University College of London, Dr. Padhani is radiologist internationally recognised for his work in oncological MRI. He is currently responsible for the magnetic resonance imaging department and Head of Imaging Research at Paul Strickland Scanner, Mount Vernon Cancer Center, Northwood.

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Professor Dow-Mu Koh

Professor in Functional Cancer Imaging at the Institute of Cancer Research and Consultant Radiologist in Functional Imaging at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Prof. Koh has had numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and textbooks. In 2009 he co-edited a book, ‘Diffusion-weighted MRI: Applications in the Body’.

What happens on the day?

1. After booking your Full Body Cancer Scan, you will have a phone call with our specialist cancer screening GP who will go through a pre-assessment questionnaire with you.
1. After booking your Full Body Cancer Scan, you will have a phone call with our specialist cancer screening GP who will go through a pre-assessment questionnaire with you.
2. Upon arrival at 9 Harley Street, you will be directed to the MRI department, where you will be provided with a gown to change into for the scan, and taken through a safety check by one of our radiographers.
2. Upon arrival at 9 Harley Street, you will be directed to the MRI department, where you will be provided with a gown to change into for the scan, and taken through a safety check by one of our radiographers.
3. You will be positioned on the scanner and the screening will begin. Throughout the scan you will be able to speak with the radiographers.
3. You will be positioned on the scanner and the screening will begin. Throughout the scan you will be able to speak with the radiographers.
4. The whole process will take around and hour and a half, and the total scanning time is roughly an hour. After the scan you can leave the screening centre and return to your usual activities.
4. The whole process will take around and hour and a half, and the total scanning time is roughly an hour. After the scan you can leave the screening centre and return to your usual activities.
5. The MRI images will be reported by our expert radiologist team. A comprehensive report will be sent to you from our specialist cancer screening GP.
5. The MRI images will be reported by our expert radiologist team. A comprehensive report will be sent to you from our specialist cancer screening GP.
6. Should further investigation be required, our specialist cancer screening GP will support you with ongoing tests and/or referrals to specialist consultants.
6. Should further investigation be required, our specialist cancer screening GP will support you with ongoing tests and/or referrals to specialist consultants.

Can I book a full body scan without a referral?

Our specialist cancer screening GP will have a pre-assessment phone call with you prior to your appointment. They will also review your scan results and provide you with a report. This means you don’t need a referral from your own GP to have the scan.

Our GP can also address any particular medical concerns you have, (such as a lump or pain in a particularly body part) and can recommend a more tailored series of diagnostic screening and tests, instead of a full body cancer screening, if more appropriate.

 

Can I book a full body scan without a referral?

What are the benefits?

  • Like all MRI scans, this scan does not involve ionizing radiation. It is a non-invasive assessment with no long-term side effects.
  • It allows our expert radiologists to detect cancer lesions as small as 5 millimetres; small enough to provide an effective early diagnosis.
  • The scans are reported by Professors Anwar Padhani and Dow-Mu Koh, recognised leaders in their field.
  • Unlike most screening scans this exam does not require any injections or fasting in advance. You can return to work immediately afterwards. 

FAQs

What areas of the body does the scan cover?

The screening scans from the head to the upper thigh. The areas analysed include the brain, spine, lungs, colon, prostate, breast, bladder, kidney, liver, and pancreas.

How effective is the scan at detecting cancer?

The full body cancer scan can detect cancers as small as 5-10mm in size. The scan can also identify lymphomas (tumours of the blood) and myelomas (tumours of the skin).

How long will it take to receive my results?

Your screening results and report will usually be available within 7-10 days after having your full body cancer scan appointment. The results will be sent to you via email. We can also post your results to you if you would prefer, but please be aware that they make take slightly longer to arrive.

Will my screening results be shared with my GP?

Your screening results and report will not be shared with your GP, unless you specifically request that we do so.

Do Bupa or other health insurance companies cover the cost of Full Body Cancer Screening?

Some insurance companies will cover (or part cover) the cost of a full body cancer scan, depending on your type of policy. You will need to contact your insurance company directly to confirm this.

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To find out more or to book an appointment, phone our bookings team today on 0207 079 2102

You can reach our bookings team on the phone every weekday, 8am-6pm.

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