We are very honoured to have received this award. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the TOHETI team for helping with the design, implementation, statistical support and publication of this study. We would also like to thank all those involved from the radiology and surgical directorates who made this study possible.Dr Nyree Griffin, Consultant gastrointestinal radiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
22 November 2021
Optical Colonoscopy paper awarded Royal College of Radiologists prize
The 2021 Robert and Elma Kemp Harper prize has been awarded to our School's researchers
Researchers from the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences have been awarded the 2021 Robert and Elma Kemp Harper prize which is awarded annually to the best paper on GI radiology published in Clinical Radiology by the Royal College of Radiologists.
The paper, ‘An observational study to compare the utilisation of Computer Tomography Colonography with Optical Colonoscopy’ describes an observational study that was performed at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), evaluating the clinical and cost implications of using CT colonography (CTC) compared to colonoscopy as an initial colonic investigation in patients with low to intermediate risk of colorectal cancer.
The results showed that the use of the CTC as a first line investigation in such patients was extremely cost-effective and led to improved access to care. The study was performed as part of the £10 Transforming Outcomes and Health Economics through Imaging (TOHETI) 5-year programme funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
Final author Dr Nyree Griffin, Consultant gastrointestinal radiologist at GSTT said the paper was awarded the prize due to its potential to significantly impact clinical practice across the NHS.
These results have the potential to improve clinical outcomes for patients with suspected colorectal cancer, whilst contributing to the NHS financial sustainability agenda. It's an honour to receive this award, and I am very grateful to all study participants and everyone from the TOHETI team.Dr Tiago Rua, COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust