Investigations / Scans / Tests

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Patient.co.uk has an extensive section of leaflets on tests and investigations. They include explanations of blood tests, X-rays, scans, endoscopy, etc.

Other UK sources of information about tests and investigations

Ambulatory Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Amniocentesis
Angiogram (arteriogram)
Antibody and Antigen Tests
Arthroscopy and Arthroscopic Surgery
Audiometry
Barium Enema / Swallow / Meal / Follow Through
Biopsy
Blood Clotting Tests
Blood Grouping (Typing)
Blood Tests - General Points
Blood Tests to Detect Inflammation
Bone Marrow Biopsy and Aspiration
Bone Scan
Bronchoscopy
Cardiac Catheterisation
Cardiotocography
Cerebral Angiography
Chorionic Villus Sampling
Chromosome Analysis (Genetic Testing)
Colonoscopy
Colposcopy
Coombs' Test
Coronary Angiography
CT Scan
Cystoscopy
Cystourethrogram
DEXA Scan
DMSA Scan
Duplex Ultrasound Scan
Echocardiogram
Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Electroencephalograph (EEG)
Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration
Endoscopic Ultrasound Scan
Endoscopy (Gastroscopy)
ERCP
Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate
Exercise Electrocardiogram (ECG)
Faecal Occult Blood Test
Fine Needle Aspiration
Full Blood Count and Blood Smear
Gallium Scan
Gastroscopy (Endoscopy)
Genetic Testing (Chromosome Analysis)
Glucose Tolerance Test
Hearing Tests
Hysterosalpingography
Hysteroscopy
Intravenous Urography (Pyelography)
Isotope (Radionuclide) Scan
Kidney Biopsy (Renal Biopsy)
Laparoscopy and Laparoscopic Surgery
Liver Biopsy
Liver Function Tests
Lumbar Puncture
Mediastinoscopy
MRCP Scan
MRI Scan
Myocardial Perfusion Scan
Nerve Conduction Studies
Patch Testing (Contact Dermatitis)
PET Scan
PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer
Radionuclide (Isotope) Scan
Renal Biopsy (Kidney Biopsy)
Routine Kidney Function Blood Test
Screening Tests
Semen Analysis
Sigmoidoscopy
Skin Prick Allergy Test
Spirometry
Sweat Test
Synacthen Test
Temperature Charts for Ovulation
Tests for Chlamydia
Tests for Glucose (Sugar) and HbA1c
Tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases
Thyroid Function Tests
Thyroid Scans and Uptake Tests
Ultrasound Scan
Urine Tests
Urodynamic Tests
Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
X-ray Test

Ambulatory Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Amniocentesis

Angiogram (arteriogram)

Antibody and Antigen Tests

Arthroscopy and Arthroscopic Surgery

Audiometry

Barium Enema / Swallow / Meal / Follow Through

Biopsy

Blood Clotting Tests

Blood Grouping (Typing)

Blood Tests - General Points

Blood Tests to Detect Inflammation

Bone Marrow Biopsy and Aspiration

Bone Scan

  • Bone Scan. Information from Patient.co.uk.
  • Bone Scan. Information from The Prostate Cancer Charity.
  • Bone Scan. Information from Cancer Research UK.

Bronchoscopy

Cardiac Catheterisation

Cardiotocography

Cerebral Angiography

Chorionic Villus Sampling

Chromosome Analysis (Genetic Testing)

Colonoscopy

Colposcopy

Coombs' Test

Coronary Angiography

CT Scan

  • CT Scan. Information from The Royal College of Radiologists.
  • CT Scan. Information from NHS Choices.

Cystoscopy

Cystourethrogram

DEXA Scan

DMSA Scan

Duplex Ultrasound Scan

Echocardiogram

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Electroencephalograph (EEG)

Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration

Endoscopic Ultrasound Scan

Endoscopy (Gastroscopy)

ERCP

Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate

Exercise Electrocardiogram (ECG)

Faecal Occult Blood Test

Fine Needle Aspiration

Full Blood Count and Blood Smear

Gallium Scan

Gastroscopy (Endoscopy)

Genetic Testing (Chromosome Analysis)

Glucose Tolerance Test

Hearing Tests

Hysterosalpingography

Hysteroscopy

Intravenous Urography (Pyelography)

Isotope (Radionuclide) Scan

Kidney Biopsy (Renal Biopsy)

Laparoscopy and Laparoscopic Surgery

Liver Biopsy

Liver Function Tests

Lumbar Puncture

Mediastinoscopy

MRCP Scan

MRI Scan

  • MRI Scan. Information from Patient.co.uk.
  • MRI Scan. Information from the Royal College of Radiologists.
  • MRI Scan. Information from the British Brain and Spine Foundation.
  • Having an MRI Scan. Information from Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • MRI Scan. Information from NHS Choices.

Myocardial Perfusion Scan

Nerve Conduction Studies

Patch Testing for Contact Dermatitis

PET Scan

  • PET Scan. Information from Patient.co.uk.
  • PET Scan. Information from Cancer Research UK.
  • PET Scan. Information from NHS Choices.

PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer

Radionuclide (Isotope) Scan

Renal Biopsy (Kidney Biopsy )

Routine Kidney Function Blood Test

Screening Tests

Most screening tests are done within the NHS. However, taking up offers of private health screening, outside of the NHS, is becoming increasingly popular. The UK National Screening Committee has published a guide for the public with advice to help people make decisions about private screening tests.

Screening tests offered within the NHS include:

Semen Analysis

Sigmoidoscopy

Skin Prick Allergy Test

Spirometry

  • Spirometry. Information from Patient.co.uk.
  • Spirometry. Information from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Sweat Test

Synacthen Test

Temperature Charts for Ovulation

Tests for Chlamydia

Tests for Glucose (Sugar) and HbA1c

Tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases

Thyroid Function Tests

Thyroid Scans and Uptake Tests

Ultrasound Scan

Urine Tests

Urodynamic Tests

Video-assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)

X-ray Test