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Diagnostic tests

Biopsy involves taking a small piece of tissue from the body.


Biopsies help to diagnose diseases. Learn more about biopsy, what they are, why and how biopsies are done and biopsy types.

A colonoscopy is a medical examination undertaken to examine the colon.


A colonoscopy is a straightforward medical procedure which aims to diagnose or treat potentially harmful medical conditions.

CT scan - any part of your body can be scanned, common areas include the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis.

CT scan

A CT scan is a medical procedure carried out by a machine that creates a 3D image of your body by moving in a circular motion around you.

CT scan information for parents and carers

CT scans and radiation exposure in children and young people

Information on CT scans and radiation exposure in children and young people.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

To find out how well your heart is working, your doctor may ask you to have an electrocardiogram (ECG). Learn more about it and why you may need an EC...

EEG is a test that measures the electrical activity of your brain by using electrodes attached to your head.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a test that measures the electrical activity of the brain. It can be used to diagnose or monitor conditions such a...

Gastroscopy is done to diagnose and treat conditions in the upper digestive tract.


Gastroscopy involves inserting a thin flexible tube (endoscope) into the mouth.

Regular eye tests can help make sure your eyes are in good health.

Eye tests

Regular eye tests can pick up problems before you notice any symptoms – and you don’t need a referral to see an optometrist.

Woman having a hearing test.

Hearing tests

Hearing tests can detect and measure the severity of hearing loss. Find out who needs a hearing test, types of hearing tests and how much they cost.

An MRI scanner uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to take detailed pictures.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan

An MRI scanner uses strong magnetic fields, radio waves and a computer to take pictures of the soft tissue inside of your body. Learn more about the b...

A PET scan can be used to look at your whole body or just one area.

PET scan

A PET (positron emission tomography) scan is an imaging test used to diagnose certain diseases. Find out what the scan involves and how it works.

Ultrasounds are commonly used during pregnancy.


An ultrasound scan creates a real-time picture of the inside of the body using sound waves. Find out more about the different types of ultrasounds and...

Image showing a chest X-ray


An x-ray uses radiation to create a picture of the inside of the body.

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The types of tests you will go through if you are diagnosed with cancer.

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Diagnostic tests for your baby during pregnancy

A diagnostic test is used to confirm a chromosomal condition, such as Down syndrome, or a genetic condition in the baby.

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Informed Consent for Medical Tests

Doctors use medical or diagnostic tests to check your health.  These tests can be simple, such as taking your blood pressure, temperature and pulse.

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Diagnosing breast cancer | Cancer Australia

A breast cancer diagnosis is usually made after a woman has a series of diagnostic tests.

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Treatments and tests

Find information about treatments and tests browse by topic or A to Z.

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Understanding my tests

There are some useful website that provide information about some of the medical tests that your doctor might refer you for.

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Radiation... and its uses in Hospitals for Diagnostic Testing | The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

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Coronary angiogram - Better Health Channel

A coronary angiogram is the most accurate diagnostic test for a range of heart problems, including coronary heart disease.

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There are a number of different ways to test for sexually transmissible infections (STIs). In fact, there are a few different tests that might apply to you. The most common test for young people is a urine sample.

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