Test Preparations
There are some things you’ll need to do to ensure your appointment runs smoothly

Preparing for your upcoming test? MyHealth is dedicated to making your medical diagnostic process as easy as possible, but there are some things you’ll need to do to ensure your appointment runs smoothly. Different tests require different preparations to ensure the most accurate results. Select from the list below to find out what you need to know before you take your test.

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Select your test from the list below to locate preparation instructions:

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small unit worn on your arm that takes your blood pressure and records changes or fluctuations over a period of time (usually 24 hours).

A bone density scan is a non-invasive and pain-free test that measures the density of your bones in order to determine your likelihood of developing osteoporosis or enduring an osteoporosis-related fracture.

A bone scan is most commonly performed to detect areas of abnormal bone growth due to tumours, fractures, infection or other bone diseases.

A Colonoscopy allows your doctor to visually examine the lining of your large intestine from the inside. This medical procedure is done to check for all large bowel diseases and helps make a diagnosis of cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases and other conditions. A screening colonoscopy is performed to test for colon cancer and to check for pre-cancerous polyps, which can be removed at the same time.

Mammography is a type of X-ray imaging that plays an essential role in the early detection and screening of breast cancer.

This is an ultrasound of your heart. The walls, valves of the heart and blood flow are examined.

Fluoroscopy is a type of x-ray that allows images of your tissues and organs to be seen in real-time. The images appear on a screen, much like an ultrasound.

Gastroscopy is a medical procedure that allows your doctor to visually inspect the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract including your esophagus, stomach and duodenum, which is the upper portion of your small intestine.

A holter monitor is a continuous tape recording of the a patient’s EKG for 24 to 48 hours. Since it is worn during your regular daily activities, it will help your physician correlate symptoms of dizziness, palpitations or “black outs”.

This diagnostic exam is performed to help detect Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) which is inadequate blood supply to the heart often caused by blocked arteries.

A nuclear medicine scan is a non-invasive procedure that uses a small and safe amount of radioactive material to help produce detailed images of the body.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning is an exam that shows the function and structure of organs and tissues. Patients are injected with a glucose solution, known in the field as FDG (18-Fluoro-deoxyglucose). Cells that require more glucose (sugar) than normal will show up on the images to have an increased uptake. Cancer cells require more […]

These scans are performed to see how the kidneys are functioning. Renal scans may also be performed in conjunction with Laisx (to assess any obstruction in the urinary system) or Captopril (to rule out high blood pressure caused by renal artery stenosis).

This test is performed to evaluate how the heart responds to exercise stress.

This ultrasound is used to examine blood flow in arteries and veins. This includes Carotid Doppler, Arterial Doppler of the Extremities (Arms and Legs) and Venous Doppler of the Extremities (Arms and Legs).

Upper gastrointestinal tract radiography, also called an upper GI, is an x-ray examination of the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine (also known as the duodenum). Images are produced using a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and an orally ingested contrast material such as barium.

X-rays are a common type of imaging scan used to view the body beyond soft tissue. Bone and dense tissue appear on the image as a lighter area. It is used to detect bone fractures or other abnormalities in the body.