Tests / Investigations

In modern medicine there are lots of investigations available to assist diagnosis, or carry out screening. If your doctor has suggested that you have an investigation and you are unclear as to what is involved, this is where you can find information to help you. Our doctor-authored leaflets contain information on investigations such as various blood tests, colonoscopy, DEXA scans or liver biopsy. In each leaflet there are answers to questions such as "How is an MRI done?", "What do the results mean?" or "What happens next?" Even if your doctor has explained these to you, it can be reassuring to be able to read reliable information again.

Ambulatory Electrocardiogram (ECG)Amniocentesis
Antibody and Antigen TestsArthroscopy and Arthroscopic Surgery
Barium EnemaBarium Swallow/Meal/Follow Through
BiopsyBlood Clotting Tests
Blood Grouping (Typing)Blood Test - General Points
Blood Tests to Detect InflammationBone Marrow Biopsy and Aspiration
Bone ScanBronchoscopy
CA125 Blood TestCardiac Catheterisation
CardiotocographyCerebral Angiography
Cervical Screening (Cervical Smear Test)Checking for Head Lice
Chorionic Villus SamplingColonoscopy
Colposcopy and Cervical TreatmentsCoombs' Test
Coronary AngiographyCT Colonography
CT ScanCystoscopy
EchocardiogramElectrocardiogram (ECG)
Electroencephalograph (EEG)Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration
Endoscopic Ultrasound ScanERCP
Estimated Glomerular Filtration RateExercise Tolerance Testing
Faecal Occult Blood TestFine-needle Aspiration
Full Blood Count and Blood SmearGallium Scan
Gastroscopy (Endoscopy)Genetic Testing
Glucose Tolerance TestHearing Tests
Home and Ambulatory Blood Pressure RecordingHysterosalpingography
HysteroscopyIntravenous Urography (Pyelography)
Kidney Biopsy (Renal Biopsy)Laparoscopy and Laparoscopic Surgery
Liver BiopsyLiver Function Tests
Lumbar PunctureMammogram
MediastinoscopyMicturating/Voiding Cystourethrogram (MCUG/VCUG)
Midstream Specimen of Urine (MSU)MRCP Scan
MRI ScanMyocardial Perfusion Scan
NasoendoscopyNerve Conduction Studies
Patch Testing for Contact DermatitisPET Scan
Poo (Stool) SamplePregnancy - Screening Tests
Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis of Down's SyndromeProstate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test
Radionuclide (Isotope) ScanRoutine Kidney Function Blood Test
Screening for Bowel (Colorectal) CancerScreening Tests in the UK
Sickle Cell Trait (Sickle Cell Carrier) and Sickle Cell Screening TestsSigmoidoscopy
Skin Prick Allergy TestSleep Diary
Sperm Test (Semen Analysis)Spirometry
Sweat TestSynacthen Test
Tests for Blood Sugar (Glucose) and HbA1cTests for Sexually Transmitted Infections
Thyroid Function TestsThyroid Scans and Uptake Tests
Ultrasound ScanUrodynamic Tests
Video-assisted Thoracoscopic SurgeryX-ray Test