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)Chorionic Villus Sampling
ColonoscopyColposcopy and Cervical Treatments
Coombs' TestCoronary Angiography
CT ColonographyCT Scan
CystoscopyDEXA Scan
DMSA ScanEchocardiogram
Electrocardiogram (ECG)Electroencephalograph (EEG)
Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle AspirationEndoscopic Ultrasound Scan
ERCPEstimated Glomerular Filtration Rate
Exercise Tolerance TestingFaecal Occult Blood Test
Fine-needle AspirationFull Blood Count and Blood Smear
Gallium ScanGastroscopy (Endoscopy)
Genetic TestingGlucose Tolerance Test
Hearing TestsHome and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Recording
Intravenous Urography (Pyelography)Kidney Biopsy (Renal Biopsy)
Laparoscopy and Laparoscopic SurgeryLiver Biopsy
Liver Function TestsLumbar Puncture
Micturating/Voiding Cystourethrogram (MCUG/VCUG)Midstream Specimen of Urine (MSU)
Myocardial Perfusion ScanNasoendoscopy
Nerve Conduction StudiesPatch Testing for Contact Dermatitis
PET ScanPoo (Stool) Sample
Pregnancy - Screening TestsPrenatal Screening and Diagnosis of Down's Syndrome
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) TestRadionuclide (Isotope) Scan
Routine Kidney Function Blood TestScreening for Bowel (Colorectal) Cancer
Screening Tests in the UKSickle Cell Trait (Sickle Cell Carrier) and Sickle Cell Screening Tests
SigmoidoscopySkin Prick Allergy Test
Sleep DiarySperm Test (Semen Analysis)
SpirometrySweat Test
Synacthen TestTests for Blood Sugar (Glucose) and HbA1c
Tests for Sexually Transmitted InfectionsThyroid Function Tests
Thyroid Scans and Uptake TestsUltrasound Scan
Urodynamic TestsVideo-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
X-ray Test