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Diagnostic tests

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Allergy Tests

Anaemia Tests
Antenatal Tests

Asthma Tests

Blood Tests
Bowel Investigation
Breast Investigation
Cancer Investigations
Cervical Smear
Children's Tests
Diabetes Tests
Endocrine Tests
Gastroenterology Investigations
Genetic Tests

Gynaecological Investigations
HIV Tests
Heart Tests
Kidney Investigations
Liver Investigations
Lung Investigations
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Urology Investigations


Pateint UK - Tests & Investigations

Lab Tests Online

National Institute for Clinical Excellence

Allergy Testsup

Antibody and antigen tests (Patient UK)

Contact Dermatitis - Patch Testing (Patient UK)

Skin prick allergy test (Patient UK)

Anaemia Testsup

Antenatal Testsup

Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes (NHS)- Also available  in other languages

Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine Antenatal Screening Service

Antenatal Tests & Screening (NHS Choices)

Antenatal & Newborn checks (NHS Choices)

Amniocentesis (NHS Choices)

Chronic Villus Sampling (NHS Choices)

 Pregnancy - Routine Screening Tests (Patient UK)

see also Screening

Asthma Tests

Asthma - Peak Flow Diary (Patient UK)

Asthma - Peak Flow Meter (Patient UK)

Spirometry (Patient UK)

Blood Tests

Blood Test - Blood Count and Smear (Patient UK)

Blood Test - Blood Grouping (Patient UK)

Blood Test - Clotting Tests (Patient UK)

Blood Test - Detecting Inflammation (Patient UK)

Blood Test - General (Patient UK)

Blood Test - Glucose (Patient UK)

Blood Test - Kidney Function (Patient UK)

Blood Test - Liver Function Tests (Patient UK)

Blood tests (NHS Choices)

Blood test -questions (NHS Choices)

Cholesterol (Patient UK)

Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (Patient UK)

Faecal Occult Blood Test (Patient UK)

PSA test for prostate cancer (Patient UK)

Bowel Investigationsup

UK Colorectal Cancer Screening Pilot

Bowel Cancer (Lab Tests Online)

Colonoscopy (Patient UK)

Sigmoidoscopy (Patient UK)

see also endoscopy; Gastroenterology Investigations; radiology 

Breast Investigationsup

NHS Breast Screening Programme

Breast Test Wales

Jasmine Breast Centre, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust

West Middlesex Hospital Breast Care Unit

Cancer Investigationsup

Colonoscopy (Patient UK)

NHS Northern Cancer Network

NHS Cancer Screening Programme

Royal Marsden Hospital

PSA test for prostate cancer (Patient UK)

Prostate Cancer Screening, NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

British Thyroid Association

United Kingdom Children's Cancer Study Group

Better Testing.org.uk

see also Radiology

Cervical Smearsup

NHS Cervical Screening Programme

Cervical screening test (Patient UK)

Cervical screening test (NHS Choices)

see also Gynaecological Investigations

Children's Testsup

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust

NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

Lab Tests online UK


Colposcopy (NHS Choices)

Colposcopy (Patient UK)

London Colposcopy

see also Gynaecological Investigations,

Diabetes Testsup

Diabetic Department, Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust

Better Testing.org.uk

Blood Test - Glucose (Patient UK)

Lab Tests Online UK

Endocrine Testsup

Thyroid testing (better testing.org)


Bronchoscopy (Patient UK)

Colonoscopy (Patient UK)

Cystoscopy (Patient UK)

Endoscopy (NHS Choices)

ERCP (Patient UK)

Gastroscopy (endoscopy) (Patient UK)

Laparoscopy and laparoscopic surgery (Patient UK)

Sigmoidoscopy (Patient UK)

Laparoscopy (NHS CHoices)

Kings College London

see also Bowel Investigations; Gastroenterology Investigations

Gastroenterology Investigationsup

Addenbrooke's NHS Trust

Endoscopy (NHS Choices)

Laparoscopy (NHS CHoices)

see also Bowel Investigations; Liver Investigations Radiology

Genetic Testsup

Human Genetics Commission

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust

Gynaecological Investigationsup

Pregnancy - Routine Screening Tests (Patient UK)

Ultrasound scan (Patient UK)

see also Cervical Screening; Colposcopy

HIV Testsup

Sexual Health and HIV (Department of Health)

HIV (fpa)

Heart Testsup

British Heart Foundation

Coronary angiography (NHS Choices)

dhg down's heart group

Echocardiogram (Patient UK)

Electrocardiogram (ECG) - Ambulatory (Patient UK)

Electrocardiogram (ECG) - Exercise (Patient UK)

Ultrasound scan (Patient UK)

Ultrasound scan (NHS Choices)

Kidney Investigationsup

Blood Test - Kidney Function (Patient UK)

Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (Patient UK)

Biopsy - Kidney (Patient UK)


Liver Investigationsup

Biopsy - Liver (Patient UK)

Blood Test - Liver Function Tests (Patient UK)

Biopsy (NHS Choices)

see also Gastroenterology Investigations

Lung Investigationsup

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)up

MRI Scan (Patient UK)

CT Scan (NHS Choices)

see also Radiologyup


see Radiology; X-Rays


The Royal College of Radiologists

Radiotherapy Room (Royal College of Radiologists)

Coronary angiography (Patient UK)

Radiotherapy (NHS Choices)

see also X-Rays 


UK Screening Portal - UK National Screening Committee

UK Screening Portal -other languages

NICE NHS Evidence- Screening Results

NHS Cancer Screening Programme

Screening and Testing (NHS Choices)

Cancer Screening (NHS Choices)

Dhg down's heart group

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Mammography (Patient UK)

Pregnancy - Routine Screening Tests (Patient UK)

Screening Tool (NHS Choices)

Guide to Screening (NHS Choices)

Urology Investigationsup

Midstream specimen of urine (MSU) (Patient UK)

Cystoscopy (NHS Choices)


National Radiological Protection Board

X-ray test (Patient UK)

X-ray (NHS Choices)

Angiography (NHS Choices)

see also Radiology

The following are some other sources of information on Diagnostic tests and patient information leaflets

Lab Tests Online UK

The Royal College of Radiologists - Information leaflets on general radiological procedures and interventional radiology procedures

King's College Hospital

Medlineplus (National Library of Medicine- US) -Diagnostic tests

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