What Test Do I Need?

Understanding which tests you need can be complicated. This page will explain the different methods of establishing what test you need to make a booking for.

The pathology form.

This is the pathology request form given to you by your doctor, you must bring this along to your appointment. The included example is only one of many possible forms, not all pathology request forms look the same. However they all contain the same information.

Pathology codes.

Pathology codes are abbreviation of tests that would otherwise be too long to list on the form. This information is intended to help understand these abbreviations and what test they correspond to.

ABPM – (Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring)

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is designed to monitor your blood pressure (BP) for 24 hours, including at night. In general, this device takes a reading every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes during the night.

ABG – (Arterial blood gas analysis)

Arterial blood gas analysis is used to measure the pH and the partial pressures of oxygen and carbon dioxide in blood.

Autologous Blood

Patients scheduled for non-emergency surgery may be eligible to donate blood for themselves that will be stored until the surgical procedure.

Bone Marrow – (Autologous Blood Biopsy)

A bone marrow biopsy is a procedure performed to aid in the diagnosis and staging of blood conditions.

Catecholamine’s – (Catecholamine Levels)

 Catecholamine testing measures the amount of hormones in blood.

Chain of Custody Urine Drug Screen

A chain of custody urine screen analyses a urine sample, ensuring there is verified evidence of collection, transfer, receipt, analysis, storage and disposal.

Cold Agglutinins

The Cold Agglutinin test helps to detect presence of auto antibodies against I/H Antigens on red cells (adult or cord cells), estimate range of reactivity at different temperature and titre of antibodies.


This is a test for the presence of cryoglobulins, which are abnormal antibody proteins.

DST – (Dexamethasone Suppression Test)

The dexamethasone suppression test (DST) is used to assess adrenal gland function by measuring how cortisol levels change in response to an injection of dexamethasone.

DNA Paternity – (Paternity Testing)

A test for establishing Paternity.

ECG – (Electrocardiogram Test)

An ECG is a test that measures the electrical pulses that trigger your heartbeat.

GTT – (Oral Glucose Tolerance Test)

A two-hour, 75-gram oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) is used to test for diabetes.

FNA – (Fine Needle Aspiration)

FNAC  is a diagnostic procedure in which a needle is inserted into lumps on your body to take out a small tissue for examination.

NIPT – (Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing)

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) can detect genetic material (DNA) from the placenta in a blood test.

Holter Monitor

A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that records your heart rhythm.

UBT – (Helicobacter/Urea Breath Test)

This test is used for detecting the presence of bacteria called Helicobacter.

LLT – (Lactose Tolerance Test)

The LTT tests is to detect an intolerance to lactose (Milk) products.


This is a corporate test. Please refer to your request form.

NPA – (Nasopharyngeal Aspirate Test)

A Nasopharyngeal Aspirate test is used to obtain nasal secretions by aspiration from the naso-pharynx, for culture of respiratory viruses.

Paediatric Bleeds

This test is for children older than 3 months and under 8 years of age.

QFT – (Quantiferon Gold Test)

Quantiferon Gold test (QFT) is a simple blood test that aids in the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria which causes tuberculosis.

Renin Aldosterone – (ARR)

An aldosterone/renin ratio (ARR) is a screening test to detect primary aldosteronism in high-risk, hypertensive individuals.

Scabies – (Scabies Test)

A test for the presence of scabies.

Vitamin C 

This blood test is used to evaluate Vitamin C levels and can determine if there is a vitamin C deficiency.


This blood test is used to evaluate fertility and ovulation in females.


Oncology tests focus on diagnosis and assessment of tumor biomarkers.

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