Radiographers criticize Tesco health scan offer

Fri Sep 4, 2009 8:47am EDT
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By Stefano Ambrogi

LONDON (Reuters) - The Society of Radiographers has criticized Tesco for offering CT scans through its Clubcard reward scheme, saying it played on people's natural anxieties.

Society Chief Executive Richard Evans has written to Tesco boss Terry Leahy raising concerns about the Computerised Tomography (CT) scanning.

The scans, which use X-rays to help detect tumors and other illnesses, are carried out by the Tunbridge Wells-based firm Lifescan.

"Isn't it time YOU had an MOT?" the Tesco Clubcard website asked.

It goes on to say how the scan takes high resolution images of vital organs, catching signs of serious disease early.

Evans said in his letter he was concerned that self-referral for diagnostic imaging outside a nationally regulated screening program is "inappropriate and unnecessary."

The promotion of such schemes played on the natural anxieties of the population, he added.

"I wouldn't want to underplay the sense of relief if something positive and dangerous is found and dealt with in good time," he told the BBC.   Continued...

<p>A shopper pushes a shopping trolley at a Tesco store in Loughborough, central England, April 15, 2008. REUTERS/Darren Staples</p>