Rapid Access Diagnosis for Cancer Patients

Cobalt would like support cancer patients by introducing a pioneering onsite service to analyse bloods at the Cobalt Imaging Centre prior to scanning reducing the need for lengthy waits at hospital. The new onsite service will support the NHS and enhance patient care and well-being.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1090790)

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Championed by Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity


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  • Having a blood analysis just before a scan will reduce the number of appointments and provide cancer patients with improved care.

    — Professor Iain Lyburn, Medical Director at Cobalt

  • I currently need to take a day off work and wait for several hours at hospital for a blood test before the scan which can be stressful. This new service will be so much better for me and my family.

    — Cobalt Patient


Many scans require an injection of contrast media prior to the scan to enable the Radiologist to see inside a patient’s body more clearly. Prior to these injections, a blood analysis is required to make sure the injection does not adversely affect the patients’ kidneys. This analysis takes place at local hospital in advance of the scan and can take many hours for the result. Unfortunately some patients turn up for their scan, without having a blood test, which results in lost appointments.


Cobalt are always looking to reduce patient anxiety, which can include concerns over having to attend multiple hospitals/departments prior to their scan. Cobalt have the opportunity to be one of the first to implement technology that will stop cancer patients needlessly waiting and reduce missed appointments and also save the NHS money and laboratory resources, which is critical to all of our healthcare.