Medical Tests, Procedures and Equipment

Medical Tests, Procedures and Equipment

A doctor may need to perform medical tests on a child to find out what the medical problem is, and how best to treat it. Treatment may include unfamiliar procedures or equipment.

Topics included under medical tests, procedures, and equipment are:

  • bronchoscopy
  • central line catheters
  • CAT scan
  • cardiac catheterization
  • continuous renal replacement therapy
  • endoscopy
  • electroencephalogram or EEG
  • electromyography or EMG
  • extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO
  • injections
  • IV therapy
  • liver biopsy
  • magnetic resonance imaging or MRI
  • spinal tap
  • ultrasound
  • x-rays

Patient Disclaimer

Please note: Phoenix Children's Hospital requires that all girls who are 11 years old and older, or younger girls who have started their periods, to be tested for pregnancy before procedures. This is whether the child is in the hospital or is an outpatient. The reason for this is that some procedures can be harmful to a pregnant female or unborn child. To ensure the safety of your child, we do a pregnancy test to provide the safest care possible. Talk your doctor, nurse, or medical professional with any questions. If your child is scheduled for an outpatient procedure and the pregnancy test is positive, your child will be referred to her primary care physician for follow up. Thank you for your cooperation.

Download the patient education handout about Pregnancy Testing Before Procedures. (PDF)

More information

Visit these websites for more information:

Feeding Matters - Parent Organized Partnerships Supporting Infants and Children Learning to Eat

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