Bowel scope screening is starting to be used in England and is being tested in Scotland. It is not used in Wales or Northern Ireland.
A one-off bowel scope test can help detect bowel polyps and prevent some bowel cancers. It can also help detect bowel cancers at a very early stage, which can reduce the risk of dying from them.
The test looks at the inside of the back passage (rectum) and the part of the large bowel that is closest to the rectum (the sigmoid colon). This is where most polyps and cancers develop. You have bowel scope screening as an outpatient at the hospital.
Bowel scope screening only looks at the lower part of the bowel. It does not replace the FOB or FIT home screening test.