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Hemodialysis (tests)

HEMODIALYSIS DEFINITION This procedure is not a medical test, so much as a process designed to substitute for kidney function in patients who have renal failure by cleaning the patient’s blood. HEMODIALYSIS PURPOSE Kidneys are designed to detoxify our bodies through complex diffusion processes. However, these organs can fail. Hemodialysis provides artificial more...

HIDA Scan (tests)

HIDA SCAN DEFINITION This stands for hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scan. It images the small intestine, in addition to the liver, bile ducts, and gall bladder using a radioactive tracer. HIDA SCAN PURPOSE Strictly speaking, this scan tracks something very specific: the progress of bile in your body. However, since bile flow more...

Holter Monitor (tests)

HOLTER MONITOR DEFINITION This is a monitor worn on the body to measure the electrical signals being sent through the cardiovascular system. The monitor has several sensors that are taped to the body to pick up signals. HOLTER MONITOR PURPOSE This can test for a wide variety of heart ailments, or for more...

Intravenous Pyelogram (tests)

INTRAVENOUS PYELOGRAM DEFINITION X-ray is a non-invasive medical test procedure, which involves exposing one’s body part to a dose of ionizing radiation to conjure up images of that inside part of the body. An intravenous pyelogram is a type of x-ray examination done on the urinary bladder, ureters, and the kidneys. INTRAVENOUS more...

Kidney Biopsy (tests)

KIDNEY BIOPSY DEFINITION A renal biopsy, more popularly known as a kidney biopsy, is a procedure involving the removal of a small piece of your kidney tissue for microscope examination for any signs of disease or damage. It's usually recommended if imaging techniques, urine tests, and blood tests aren't enough to more...