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

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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 - English | Spanish (PDF)

More information

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About Taking Medicine - English | Spanish

Airway with Tracheostomy - English | Spanish

Are You Ready to Leave the Hospital? - English | Spanish

Autopsy - English | Spanish

Blood Transfusions - English | Spanish

Cardiac Catheterization - English | Spanish

Chest X-Ray - English | Spanish

Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC) For Females - English | Spanish

Clean Intermittent Catheterization (CIC) For Males - English | Spanish

Colonoscopy - English | Spanish

CPR for a Child with a Tracheostomy: 1 year to 8 years of age - English | Spanish

CPR for a Person Over 70 Pounds with a Tracheostomy - English | Spanish

CPR for an Infant with a Tracheostomy under 1 year old - English | Spanish

CT Scan - English | Spanish

Diazepam Given by Rectum - English | Spanish

Eating and drinking before your child's surgery, test, or procedure - English | Spanish

Echocardiogram or Cardiac Ultrasound - English | Spanish

EEG or Electroencephalogram - English | Spanish

EKG, ECG, or Electrocardiogram - English | Spanish

EP (Electrophysiology) Study - English | Spanish

Exercise Test - EnglishSpanish

72- Hour Fecal Fat Test - English | Spanish

Flexible Bronchoscopy - English Spanish

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy - EnglishSpanish

HIV Testing - English | Spanish

Holter Monitor - EnglishSpanish

Home Care After Cardiac Catheterization - English | Spanish

Home Care After Sedation - English | Spanish

How to Care for Your Child's Central Venous Catheter (CVC) - English

How to Do Chest Physical Therapy (CPT) - Babies and Toddlers - English

How to Do Chest Physical Therapy (CPT) - Children, Adolescents, and Adults - English

How to Feed Your Child Through a G-Tube (Gastrostomy Tube) or J-Tube (Jejunostomy Tube) - English | Spanish

How to Feed Your Child Through a Nasogastric (NG) Tube - English | Spanish

How to Give a Saline Enema - English

How to Give a Shot Into a Muscle - EnglishSpanish

How to Give a Subcutaneous Injection - English | Spanish

How to Use a Port-a-Cath - English | Spanish

How to Use a Small Volume Nebulizer (SVN) - English | Spanish

How to Use Your Inhaler - English | Spanish

Intranasal Fentanyl - English | Spanish

IVs - English | Spanish

Measuring Reflux: Esophageal pH and pH Impedance Probe Test - English | Spanish

Medicine Before a Test or Procedure - English | Spanish

Methacholine Challenge Test - English | Spanish

Modified Barium Swallow or MBS - English 

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging - English | Spanish

PCA or Patient Controlled Analgesia - English | Spanish

Peak Flow Meter: The Early Warning System - English | Spanish

Promethazine Hydrochloride Suppository - English | Spanish

Rectal Motility Test - English | Spanish

Rectal Suction Biopsy - EnglishSpanish

Shunts to Treat Hydrocephalus - English | Spanish

Spinal Tap or Lumbar Puncture - English | Spanish

Sweat Test - English Spanish

Upper Endoscopy or EGD - English | Spanish

Upper GI or Upper Gastrointestinal Series - English | Spanish

What Does That Mean? Medical Terms You May Hear or See - English | Spanish

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