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HIV Test

HIV TEST DEFINITION This is a test to determine whether a person is infected with the HIV virus. Note that people who are infected with the virus may still be several years away from developing the acutely degraded immune systems associated with AIDS, and having HIV does not mean that you have full-blown AIDS. However, even asymptomatic HIV-positive people can transmit the virus. HIV TEST PURPOSE This is done to determine whether a person who has engaged in high-risk behavior or ...

Holter Monitor

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 ...

HPV Test

HPV TEST DEFINITION This is a test to check for the presence of HPV (human papillomavirus), and if so, what type. HPV TEST PURPOSE HPV is a sexually transmitted infection that, in many cases, is asymptomatic. However, it does exist in high-risk ...

Intravenous Pyelogram

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 ...

Kidney Biopsy

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 ...

Knee Osteotomy

KNEE OSTEOTOMY DEFINITION Knee osteotomy is a procedure that is done to people who suffer from arthritis damage but is below the age of 55 and is too young for a total knee replacement. However, in many cases, those who ...

Laminectomy

LAMINECTOMY DEFINITION Laminectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to take the pressure off the spinal canal or nerves. In this procedure, a part of the one called lamina is removed to open up the spinal canal so the nerves ...

Liver Biopsy

LIVER BIOPSY DEFINITION In a liver biopsy, a small tissue of the liver is taken out for further evaluation and examination for any signs of damage or disease. LIVER BIOPSY PURPOSE If you are seen with possible liver damage, you may be requested ...

Liver Function Tests

LIVER FUNCTION TEST DEFINITION Liver function tests are a group of medical blood tests that measure proteins or enzymes in the blood to evaluate and monitor the extent of damage or disease. LIVER FUNCTION TEST PURPOSE Liver function tests are usually done to ...

Lumpectomy

LUMPECTOMY DEFINITION Lumpectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove cancer or any other abnormal tissues on the breast. It is also known as breast-sparing surgery or breast-conserving surgery. It is called as such because unlike mastectomy, not the entire breast ...