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Diagnostic tests

Biopsy

A biopsy helps a doctor diagnose a medical condition. Find out more about what they are, about the different types, and about why biopsies are done.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is usually a straightforward medical procedure. It’s designed to help 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

Gastroscopy is a procedure where a tube, inserted into the mouth, down the oesophagus, and into the stomach is used to view these organs.

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.

Ultrasound

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

X-rays

An X-ray uses radiation to create a picture inside of the body. The X-ray beam is absorbed differently by various structures in the body to create the...

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

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Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test carried out during pregnancy to assess whether the baby has an abnormality or serious health condition.

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