主題健康檢查 Theme-based health checks
In the past few years, special theme-based health checks were prepared for citizens based on the theme of the Health Exhibition, which is different from year to year. Usually, these health checks are more complicated than the basic health checks that we carry out every year, and they target diseases related to the theme that year. Read below to know more about our previous special checks!
2021:「骨骼相連」Bones & Muscles, Hustle Your Struggles — 肌肉骨骼系統疾病 Musculoskeletal diseases
QUS是一個量化超音波與體内組織互動的非侵入性醫療程序。 我們會利用定量式超聲波掃瞄參加者的腳跟骨。 通過分析超聲波信號，機器計算超聲波在腳跟骨內傳播的速度、頻率及路徑，並利用數據估計骨質密度，從而評估患有骨質疏鬆症的風險。
In 2021, aligning with our theme of Musculoskeletal Diseases, we are offering bone density analysis with Quantitative Ultrasound (QUS), which analyses the risk for osteoporosis among our participants and increases their awareness on the disease.
QUS is a non-invasive procedure that aims at quantifying interactions between ultrasound and biological tissues. QUS will be administered at the participants’ calcaneal area (near the heel bone). Through the analysis of the ultrasound signals, we can measure the velocity, frequency and routes in which the ultrasound travels inside the calcaneus. It enables us to estimate bone density and evaluate the risk for osteoporosis.
過往健康檢查 Previous health checks
2019: 「神經妙算」Mastermind — 神經系統疾病 Neurological diseases
In 2019, aligning with our theme of Neurological Diseases, we offered Stroke Risk Analysis using Automatic Retinal Image Analysis (ARIA) and the Mini-Cog to test cognitive impairment, allowing citizens to be aware of the risks of neurological diseases.
ARIA utilises the fact that the blood vessels in the retina are histologically and embryologically related to those in the brain. It provides a glimpse into the condition of cerebral blood vessels and whether there is a risk of stroke in the citizen. This non-invasive procedure involves taking an image of the retina and analysing it, with citizens getting results within minutes.
The Mini-Cog is a test that can increase detection of cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s. The test involves recalling three words given at the start of the test and drawing a clock. A score is given based on how many words are recalled and whether the clock is drawn correctly. This provides a simple, quick screening for dementia.
2018: 「發人心省」Heart Matters, Beats Better — 心血管疾病 Cardiovascular diseases
In 2018, in tandem with our theme of Cardiovasculogy, we provided vascular screening with ankle-brachial index (ABI), vascular disease risk prediction and atrial fibrillation tests, offering citizens a comprehensive assessment of their cardiovascular health.
Using the Non-invasive Vascular Screening Device, citizens could have a test for ankle-brachial index in 10 minutes, by comparing the blood pressure in the upper and lower limbs, with a very high accuracy. The screening is for peripheral artery disease, which can cause leg pain, a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. Due to the short duration of the test, it served a large number of citizens in one day. The Vascular Screening Device also provides a prediction of the risk of developing fatal or non-fatal cardiovascular diseases in the next 10 years. The citizens could adopt respective preventive measures advised by our counsellors.
While the citizens were having their blood pressure tested, they underwent a test for atrial fibrillation as well with the blood pressure monitor from Microlife. Our senior counsellors would interpret the result and suggest possible precautions to the development of cardiovascular diseases.
2017:「聞說」Free from Hearsay, Never Astray — 耳鼻喉科 Otorhinolaryngology
In 2017, we offered free otoscope examinations under the theme of Otorhinolaryngology. The examination provides a simple assessment of hearing ability and uses an instrument called an otoscope, which is inserted into the ear canal. The ear canal and tympanic membrane can be seen and checked for any abnormalities, such as scarring and inflammation.
2016: 「消憂化難」Your Digestion, Our Attention — 消化系統疾病 Gastroenterology
In 2016, we offered Hepatitis B Blood Test and Asia-Pacific Colorectal Screening Score under the theme Gastroenterology. After pricking a citizen’s finger, a machine paired with hepatitis B test strips could show the presence of hepatitis B surface antigens in blood rapidly. These can be detected in blood from 1 to 9 weeks after exposure to the virus.
The Asia-Pacific Colorectal Screening Score is a survey covering significant risk factors like sex, age, family history and smoking status. Through comparison with elementary clinical data, risk for colorectal advanced neoplasia was given as a score. It enables health professionals to prioritize citizens for colorectal screening.
2015:「視如至親」I Seek I Care — 視覺系統 Ophthalmology
In 2015, we offered a series of tests under the theme Ophthalmology, including visual acuity tests, and tests for age-related macular degeneration, myopia, astigmatism, and intraocular pressure.
In a visual acuity test, a Snellen chart composing of letters or numbers of different sizes was used. Visual acuity is given by a fraction; normal vision is represented by 20/20, meaning objects at 20 feet away could be seen normally. Deviance from 20/20 could indicate whether a citizen needed corrective lenses due to myopia or astigmatism.
Age-related macular degeneration was tested for by Amsler grids. Seeing missing grids, wavy lines, or distorted shapes could indicate abnormalities in the retina or macula.
Tonometers were used to test the intraocular pressure (fluid pressure within the eye) of citizens. A high measured value could indicate a higher risk of glaucoma, since the increased intraocular pressure due to poor eye drainage could damage the optic nerve.