This website is published by Alpha Laboratories Limited, a specialist diagnostic company that has been a leader in faecal testing technology in the UK for over 20 years. As the market leader for guaiac-based faecal occult blood testing in hospital laboratories, Alpha Laboratories became involved with the national bowel cancer screening programmes, as they were introduced, winning tenders in all four UK countries. These initiatives assess the average risk in asymptomatic populations, aiming to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more likely to be effective.
Technology is now changing with the introduction of more specific and sensitive quantitative faecal immunochemical (FIT) testing that can be automated. FIT is already being implemented across the UK for some screening programmes and for symptomatic testing. Alpha Laboratories has been awarded the first contract for quantitative FIT as the front line test in the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme.
Alpha Laboratories’ experience can support clinicians and clinical scientists in establishing a FIT service, providing education, product demonstrations and logistics solutions.
You can read more about Alpha Laboratories here.
The material on this site is intended only as informational or as an educational aid and it is not intended to be taken as medical advice. The ultimate responsibility for patient care resides with a healthcare professional.
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Alpha Laboratories is the UK partner and distributor for Hitachi Chemical Diagnostics Systems Co., Ltd, previously known as Kyowa Medex Ltd. Specialising in in vitro diagnostics and medical devices, Hitachi Chemical is focused on R&D supported by revolutionary research and technology, and conduct their business activities with the management vision of “continued advancement while devoted to healthcare, providing new value to clinical testing, and upholding social responsibility”.
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PLEASE NOTE: The information on this site is primarily designed for use by healthcare professionals rather than the general public. Similarly the products are not suitable for personal purchase and self-testing without direction from a doctor. If you have any concerns about Faecal Immunochemical Testing and related conditions, please speak to your GP.