Tests & Procedures

Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)?

Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)?

What is magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)? The magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) is a minimally invasive method of recording the structure and function of the body’s blood vessels with the use of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation. How does MRA work? The MRA machine uses radiofrequency (rf) radiation in the presence of carefully… Read more »

Ultrasound scan during pregnancy

Ultrasound scan during pregnancy

An ultrasound scan during pregnancy is a happy moment for the parents as they can see their baby on the computer screen. At the outset, we let you know that the sex of the baby will not be determined.  Check out the details of the technique here. What are the… Read more »

CABG – Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

CABG – Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Coronary artery disease is also called as coronary heart disease, Atherosclerotic heart disease, CAD, CHD Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting is a surgery for treating severe coronary artery disease (CAD) and improving blood circulation to the heart. Why is it performed?  First, we need to understand what coronary artery disease is…. Read more »

Herpes test: What is It. Why It Is Conducted. Results

Herpes test: What is It. Why It Is Conducted. Results

What is a Herpes Test?  The herpes virus is spread through contact with the skin only during the active stage. Though it is neither life-threatening nor debilitating, it can be uncomfortable for sufferers whenever there is an eruption of these blisters. The two types of Herpes simplex viruses are HSV-1… Read more »

Creatinine Clearance test

Creatinine Clearance test

What is a Creatinine Clearance test? Creatinine is produced normally in the body as a by-product of normal muscle breakdown. It is then removed from the bloodstream by the kidneys. This is an ongoing process within the body, and any variation indicates some problem. The Creatinine Clearance test measures the… Read more »

Self-monitoring of blood glucose at home

Self-monitoring of blood glucose at home

Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is a modern technology that is introduced by doctors for diabetes patients as a part of their management plan. As the name suggests, the patient can conduct blood glucose test by self.  We shall explain the details of the procedure in the content below:  Who… Read more »

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test: Procedure & Results

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test: Procedure & Results

What is an Oral glucose tolerance test? An oral glucose tolerance test measures the rate at which glucose is cleared from the bloodstream. This test is a diagnostic test used to detect diabetes, prediabetes as well as gestational diabetes. The oral glucose tolerance test or the OGTT, reveals important information… Read more »

Blood tests for Heart disease

Blood tests for Heart disease

What are Blood tests for heart disease? Heart disease, in its many forms, can be challenging to detect. Several blood tests have been developed to measure the levels of various substances that can detect the presence of heart disease or predict the future level of risk.  Why is it conducted?… Read more »

Breast Ultrasound: Procedure, Results & Limitations

Breast Ultrasound: Procedure, Results & Limitations

Breast ultrasound is a non- invasive technique used to examine the breasts. The device uses sound waves to produce clear images of the breast muscles, cells, and issues.  It’s often a follow-up technique after finding abnormal reports of breast MRI or a mammogram test. Why is an ultrasound of breasts… Read more »

Tumor markers

Tumor markers

A tumor marker is a name given to certain chemicals within the body that may be increased when there is any cancerous growth in the body.  This may be manufactured by the body’s immune system or may be released by the tumor. In some cases, it is the level of hormones… Read more »

Kidney Function Tests: Who Should go for it. Results interpretation

Kidney Function Tests: Who Should go for it. Results interpretation

What are Kidney Function Tests? Kidney Function tests are designed to measure the efficiency of the kidneys. The kidneys’ primary functions are to filter out waste products and regulate the level of essential salts along with water in the body. Therefore, the rising levels of these products indicate how well… Read more »

Complete blood count (CBC) test

Complete blood count (CBC) test

What is a Complete blood count (CBC) test? The CBC test measures the vital components of blood and offers a general picture of a person’s health. It is also known as a full blood test. This panel of tests is a routine screening test that not only helps to diagnose… Read more »

TSH test: Why is it Conducted? Procedure & Results

TSH test: Why is it Conducted? Procedure & Results

What is a TSH test? The TSH test or the thyroid-stimulating hormone test is the first test that is ordered when any thyroid disease is suspected. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland control the thyroid functions under a complex system of checks and balances wherein the release of its hormones. … Read more »

Urodynamic testing: What is it. Procedure & Results

Urodynamic testing: What is it. Procedure & Results

What is Urodynamic Testing? Urodynamic testing is the name given to a group of tests carried out to check the working of the lower urinary tract, mainly the functioning of the bladder, sphincters, and the urethra.  These are: Uroflowmetry: This test measures the volume of urine released from the bladder… Read more »

Cystoscopy – What is it. Who should go for it?  Procedure & Results

Cystoscopy – What is it. Who should go for it? Procedure & Results

What is Cystoscopy? Cystoscopy is an invasive procedure in which a cystoscope, a thin tube, is inserted in the bladder through the urethra to examine the insides of the bladder and the urethra.  The tube, which has a lens for viewing, may be flexible or rigid. Though the flexible cystoscope… Read more »