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London’s First Screening

Programme for Ovarian Cancer

A one stop screening service for the most dangerous cancer for women.

London Bridge Hospital is launching

the first formal screening service for

ovarian cancer, a disease that’s often

only discovered when it has reached

an advanced stage.

Ovarian cancer is less common than

breast or colon cancer but is more lethal.

Of the 7,000 new cases discovered every

year, 6,000 patients cannot be cured.The

survival rates are worse than all other

gynaecological cancers.

The disease, known as the silent killer,

is difficult to spot in its early stages and

frequently its symptoms in later stages are

misdiagnosed.

Now, one of the UK’s leading authorities

on the disease, gynaecologist, Mr David

Oram, has begun a cancer screening

service at the London Bridge Hospital

diagnostic and outpatient centre at 31 Old

Broad Street.

“We know that like many cancers we can

have a successful outcome if only we can

identify the disease in its early stages,” said

Mr Oram.“There are several groups of

women who are most at risk; those past

the point of menopause, those women

with a family history of the disease, women

with a past history of breast cancer and

those who have had ovarian stimulation as

part of IVF treatment.

“The screening will consist of a blood test

followed by pelvic ultrasound of the ovaries

carried out by a specialist sonographer,”

he said.“24 hours later, we’ll arrange an

appointment and we can talk through the

results and advise the patient accordingly,”

said Mr Oram.“Ovarian cancer does not

give any easily recognisable symptoms in the

early stages but we can identify the disease

early and in most cases a cure is possible.”

Mr Oram is also taking part in a long-term

national trial which will examine tests on

200,000 women.The results of the trial will

be published in 2014.

The new screening service costs

£200. To book an ovarian screening

appointment* or to find out more

details, please call Mr David Oram’s

secretary on

020 7234 2945

.

*This appointment will focus solely on ovarian screening.

New Addition

to MRI Services

London Bridge Hospital (LBH)

Group MRI Services has added the

Siemens Essenza 1.5T magnet to

complement the 4 existing scanners

within the London Bridge Group.

This new addition allows us to offer

unrivalled access to MRI services in

London.

The Siemens Essenza is a short bore

1.5T magnet, which can be used to image

the entire body. The scanner’s wider and

shorter magnet structure makes the

scanning process much less frightening for

patients with claustrophobia as, in many

cases, the patient’s head will be outside the

magnet bore. Equipped with the most up-

to-date Siemens technology, the scanner

allows the operator to image areas such

as the entire spine without having to

reposition the patient, therefore reducing

both scan time and potential discomfort.

This scanner is the fifth scanner within

the London Bridge Hospital Group MRI

Services.The aim of this service is to

allow us to offer rapid access to MRI

scanning within the group, with same day

appointments available in many cases.

The cost for a self-pay patient for a single

area MRI scan is £637 and the scanner is

covered under health insurance plans that

cover MRI scans.

LBH MRI service is comprised of London

Bridge Hospital, with two scanners, 31 Old

Broad Street, also with two scanners and

Docklands Healthcare (2 Upper Bank St,

CanaryWharf), with one scanner. All the

scanners in the MRI services will use the

same centralised booking service which

allows booking staff to access all MRI

scanners and offer clients the fastest

service possible.

The reporting service is provided only by

specialised MRI Consultant Radiologists

with sub specialty division of the work so

that all reports are by a specialist in the

area.

Our 64-slice MDCT scanner now

offers reduced dosage during cardiac

CT scans to minimise the associated

risks of radiation exposure.

The ‘SnapShot Pulse’ is a low-dose

acquisition mode to obtain contrast

enhanced cardiac images at a specific

cardiac phase or phase range. Instead

of X-raying the patient throughout

the entire scan, the CT scanning

machine turns the X-rays on at a

certain point during the heartbeat to

gain the information that is required,

and then off again until the next

heartbeat, thereby reducing the dose

by up to 70%.

For further information, please contact the Imaging Department on

020 7234 2773

.

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