Echelon Health found its roots in the Harley Street Medical Area over 15 years ago with the intent to equip people with detailed information about their health and encourage them to take control of their wellbeing.
According to the King’s Fund research, about 15million people in England have a long-term condition, which is more prevalent among those aged 60+ (58%) than those under 40 (14%) (King’s Fund, 2013).
In 2017, government research found that around 40% of premature mortality in the UK is caused by preventable cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (Parliament.UK, 2017).
The Office of National Statistics offered the following data about preventable deaths for the years 2019 and 2020 (ONS, 2021, ONS, 2022):
- 8% of all deaths in Great Britain were considered avoidable. This number is statistically higher than in all years since 2010. Of course, this percentage also reflects the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which has driven it higher.
- Scotland had the highest avoidable mortality rates when it came to neoplasms (cancers) with a mortality rate of 98 deaths per 100,000 people, England had a rate of 77.8 and Wales 86.6. Fortunately, since 2001 the mortality rate due to various cancers has decreased year on year.
- A large portion of respiratory system diseases in 2019 was considered preventable. This reflects between 63.1% to 77.2% across the UK (divided between, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, and Scotland).
- The range of avoidable deaths caused by disease of the circulatory system (heart, blood vessels etc.) was between 22.7% and 27.8% across the UK. Like neoplasms, the mortality from circulatory disease has significantly reduced since 2001.
The significant changes in statistics regarding cancers and diseases of the circulatory system are the result of the combination of private healthcare clinics and increased government funding for preventive healthcare within the NHS. A report published in 2019 also documents the plans for further improved preventive healthcare for the 2020s (gov.uk, 2019).
Preventive healthcare and early detection are key to driving the numbers lower, as demonstrated by Cancer Research UK (2021):
- More than 9 in 10 bowel cancer patients will survive the disease for more than five years if diagnosed at the earliest stage.
- More than 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer survive their disease for at least five years if caught at the earliest stage compared to around 15% for women diagnosed with the most advanced stage of the disease.
- 90% of women diagnosed with the earliest stage of ovarian cancer survive the disease for at least five years, compared to around 5% for women diagnosed with the most advanced stage of ovarian cancer.
- More than 80% of lung cancer patients will survive for at least a year if diagnosed at the earliest stage, compared to around 15% of people diagnosed with the most advanced stage of the disease.
When it comes to your health, regular screening is key to preventing the serious disease and illnesses mentioned above. As a result, Echelon Health has created the world’s most comprehensive health assessment that looks at your body head-to-toe in incredible detail, can find abnormalities as small as 2mm and detect up to 92% of preventable causes of death in men and up to 95% in women.
All of our health packages combine the best imaging technology currently available today with years of experience from our specialist radiologists who are experts in their respective fields. The unique ability of our assessments to detect various diseases and illnesses stems from our belief that only through using the correct modality for the correct area of concern you will be able to get the most complete image of your current health.
Below is a breakdown of the tests and scans that are included in the Platinum assessment package and what they are able to detect.
|Medical Questionnaire & Pre-Assessment||Every Client completes a detailed Medical Questionnaire that ensures a full medical history is taken. This is reviewed by one of our doctors who may need to speak with you to establish more detailed information relating to your health and risk factors. It allows us to have a full image of your health and establish the best course of action to look at your health.|
|Blood Tests||Our blood tests check over 40 parameters to look at various cancer markers, hormone levels, cholesterol, vitamins and more to determine if any imbalances could indicate a certain illness or disease.|
|ECG||An Electrocardiogram (or ECG) is an important test that records the rhythm, rate, and electrical activity of your heart. It is completely painless and takes only a few minutes but helps find any irregularities that could indicate a heart issue.|
|CT Aorta||Our heart scan examines the beginning of the aorta for any evidence of dilation which could be the early signs of an aneurysm|
|CT Heart||CT Heart Scan (Calcium Score) examines your overall heart arteries for any calcium deposition – ‘furring up’, which could be the earliest sign of atheromatous disease.|
|CT Coronary Angiogram||This determines the exact location and severity of any atheroma – the ‘furring up’ of the blood vessels. The CTCA is unique in its ability to visualise so-called ‘soft’ plaque which is the most vulnerable to rupturing and causing a heart attack).|
|CT Chest||With this scan, we are looking for evidence of tiny nodules which could be the early signs of lung cancer. We can detect cancers as small as 1-2mm.|
|CT Pelvis||Here, we are looking for any signs of abnormalities or tumours in your kidneys, bladder and lymph glands and reproductive organs.|
|CT Abdomen||Here, we are looking for any signs of abnormalities or tumours in your liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, adrenal glands and more.|
|CT Virtual Colonoscopy||This scan is looking for colonic polyps and early indications of possible cancer.|
|CT Bone Density||A CT Bone Density scan is an extremely accurate method of measuring the density of your bones and diagnosing osteoporosis and the risk of bone fracture in your hips and spine in the future.|
|EOS CT Upright Skeleton||This ultra-low-dose 3D CT scan of the entire skeleton in the standing position enables us to determine whether you have any postural issues or predisposition to spinal disc problems and lower back pain.|
|MRI Brain||This detailed scan of your brain looks for any indications of tumours or significant abnormalities, including of the sinuses and inner ears.|
|MRI Cerebral Artery Angiogram||This scan looks directly at the arteries in your brain to assess whether there has been any narrowing or malformations of them. Any indication of these issues would indicate an increased risk of stroke or a brain haemorrhage.|
|MRI Carotid Artery Angiogram||This determines whether there is any narrowing of the neck arteries that supply blood to the brain.|
|MRI Prostate (Men)||This, combined with the PSA blood test, is the most accurate means of screening for prostate cancer.|
|Ultrasound Thyroid||An ultrasound of the thyroid is looking for evidence of nodules or tumours.|
|Ultrasound Testes/ Ovaries||This scan is designed to look for any evidence of testicular/ovarian tumours or cysts that could indicate cancer risk.|
|Digital Mammogram (Women)||A digital mammogram is the most accurate means of visualising breast lumps or early signs of cancer.|
|Full Body Mole Screen||Skin cancer screening looks at moles that could be atypical which may be an indication of skin cancer. Single moles which may be of concern may be checked and recommended for removal. Skin cancer can be one of the most aggressive cancers if left undetected.|
|Final Consultation||Your scans/assessments are reported on by some of the leading specialist radiologists in their respective fields and then reviewed with you by a senior Echelon Health Doctor who will explain your results to you, and if needed provide a referral for treatment should anything untoward be found.|
All of these tests are completed in 6 hours for the gentlemen and 5 hours for the ladies, and both offer the most detailed view of your body. A member of the Echelon Health team is with you all the way to offer support and further information if you have any questions or concerns. You can rest assured that you are in the hands of professionals.
Our Gold assessment is not far behind. It is smaller than the Platinum assessment and would take around 4 hours to complete for the gentlemen and 3 hours for the ladies. However, despite being a shorter assessment the Gold assessment still comprehensively cover the most important areas including your heart, lungs, abdomen, colon and gender-specific assessments for the breast, prostate, ovaries and testes.
The full list of the tests and scans available in the Gold package is as follows:
- Medical Questionnaire & Pre-Assessment
- Blood tests
- CT Heart
- CT Coronary Angiogram
- CT Aorta
- CT Chest
- CT Abdomen
- CT Pelvis
- CT Colon
- MRI Prostate (male)
- Digital mammogram (female)
- Ultrasound testes or ovaries (male or female)
- Final consultation
For individuals with a busy schedule, we have the Evergreen package. This package allows you to spread the costs and the scans over a 35-month period. Our team can arrange for all the scans to be completed at times that work for you, while still getting the best of our comprehensive assessments.
If you have any questions about the process in which the scans are carried out or have an interest in other packages that we offer, please do not hesitate to contact our team today or fill out the query form on our webpage and we will get in touch with you.
We will be happy to help you and guide you through our booking process for an Evergreen package or any other assessment you are interested in.
King’s Fund (2013). Long-term conditions and multi-morbidity. Available at: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/time-think-differently (04/01/2022).
Parliament.uk (2017). Chapter 6: Public health, prevention and patient responsibility. Available at: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201617/ldselect/ldnhssus/151/15109.htm#footnote-099 (04/01/2022).
ONS (2021). Avoidable mortality in the UK: 2019. Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/causesofdeath/bulletins/avoidablemortalityinenglandandwales/2019 (accessed 07/04/2022)
ONS (2022). Avoidable mortality in the UK: 2020. Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/causesofdeath/bulletins/avoidablemortalityinenglandandwales/2020 (accessed 07/04/2022)
Gov.uk (2019). Advancing our health: prevention in 2020s. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/advancing-our-health-prevention-in-the-2020s (accessed 07/04/2022)
Cancer Research UK (2021). Why is early diagnosis important? Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-symptoms/why-is-early-diagnosis-important (accessed 08/02/2022)