Cancer: GPs may order CT scans, ultrasounds and MRIs for vague symptoms

From this month, GPs in England will be able to directly order a CT scan, ultrasound or MRI of the brain for patients who have persistent symptoms but do not meet the threshold for an urgent referral for suspected cancer, NHS England has announced.

Under the direct access scheme, around 67,000 people whose cancer would normally be detected by non-urgent tests will be eligible for fast-tracking, which could cut waiting times to four weeks, NHS England has said. It is claimed that the operation will enable the diagnosis of tens of thousands of cancers…

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