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Fetal Fibronectin Test

FETAL FIBRONECTIN TEST DEFINITION A fetal fibronectin test (also known as preterm labor test) involves the analysis of the fetal fibronectin, which is a protein that acts as "glue" during pregnancy. It attaches the fluid-filled membrane that cushions your baby in the uterus (the amniotic sack) to the uterus's lining. It's the test used to rule out preterm labor. FETAL FIBRONECTIN TEST PURPOSE The fetal fibronectin test is best used on women who are at high risk of preterm labor (premature birth). For ...

Fetal Ultrasound

FETAL ULTRASOUND DEFINITION A fetal ultrasound (also known as a sonogram) is an imaging method that uses ultrasound waves to create images of your unborn baby inside the uterus. A fetal ultrasound can assist your doctor in evaluating your baby's development ...

Fine-Needle Aspiration

FINE-NEEDLE ASPIRATION DEFINITION Fine-needle aspiration, as opposed to core-needle biopsy, is a type of biopsy wherein instead of taking a sample of the solid matter of a certain organ, it instead takes the liquid or fluid portion of the same organ. FINE-NEEDLE ...

Genetic Test

GENETIC TEST DEFINITION A genetic test is an examination that involves laboratory analysis of your DNA (the biological database that bears the instructions for your body's functions). A genetic test can show alterations or changes in your genes that may cause ...

Glucose Challenge Test

GLUCOSE CHALLENGE TEST DEFINITION A glucose challenge test is an exam that measures your body's reaction to sugar or glucose. This test is typically prescribed to pregnant women for the sake of screening for gestational diabetes (a type of diabetes that ...

Glucose Tolerance Test

GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST DEFINITION This test checks your body’s ability to process sugar. A person is given a certain amount of glucose, and then his/her blood sugar level is tested after a certain amount of time. GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST PURPOSE This is ...

Haemoglobin Test

HAEMOGLOBIN TEST DEFINITION This is done to test the haemoglobin content of blood, which is a compound contained in red blood cells that is critical for carrying oxygen. HAEMOGLOBIN TEST PURPOSE This is done to test red blood cell content in whole blood, ...

Hematocrit Test

HEMATOCRIT TEST DEFINITION This test checks for the proportion of a person’s blood that is comprised of red blood cells. HEMATOCRIT TEST PURPOSE This test is often done as part of complete “blood work.” It can reveal abnormalities in a person’s red ...

Hemodialysis

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 ...

HIDA Scan

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 ...