Read our selection of articles about medical tests and investigations. Find out about diagnostic tests to help detect disease as well as screening tests to help keep you and your family healthy
Addison's disease: diagnosis A diagnosis of Addison`s disease is made by biochemical laboratory tests. The aim of these tests is first to determine whether there are insufficient levels of cortisol and then to establish the cause.
Allergy blood tests Allergy blood tests can be used to determine if you are having an allergic reaction, and what you are allergic to.
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) tests in pregnancy An alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test is a blood test that can show whether your fetus has signs of some birth defects, in particular, spina bifida (a type of neural tube defect).
Amniocentesis Amniocentesis is a test that is used in pregnancy to detect certain abnormalities in babies.
Coronary angiography Coronary angiography allows doctors to obtain vital information about the severity and position of any narrowing in the arteries of the heart.
CT scan A CT scan is a sophisticated X-ray that takes a 3-dimensional picture of any part of the body using a computer. CT scans can often replace other techniques used to diagnose, such as exploratory surgery.
CT scans (CAT scans) CT (computed tomography) scans are a special type of X-ray that can give detailed and 3-dimensional images of the body's internal structures.
Health checks If you never go to the doctor, you may be missing some important preventive checks that can help keep you healthy.
Health checks men should have Check out the screening tests and examinations that healthy men should have to monitor for diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Health checks women should have Find out about the regular screening tests and examinations that healthy women should have to monitor for diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Hearing tests and audiograms Your audiogram is a picture of your hearing. It indicates how much your hearing varies from normal and, if there is a hearing loss, where the problem might be located in the hearing pathway.
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