Services

Diagnostics

At Murakami Medical Centre, we offer to our patients a range of diagnostics, including a variety of tests and screenings for specific and general diseases. We also conduct preventative profiles to help identify any potential health risks or genetic conditions.

Some tests we offer:

Ultrasound

An ultrasound or sonogram uses high-frequency sound waves to show what is happening inside your body. Typically offered to pregnant women to check the development of their foetus. It can also be used to examine the liver, kidneys and other organs in the tummy and pelvis, as well as other organs or tissues that can be assessed through the skin, such as muscles and joints.

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Blood Tests
Blood tests are a simple way to rule out a variety of ailments and to diagnose potential health issues. Our highly trained staff will ensure that your blood tests are conducted painlessly and as quickly as possible.
Urine Test
There are many illnesses and infections that can be diagnosed with a basic urine test. We can conduct all urine tests on our premises in complete privacy and security.
Stool Test

Certain gastrointestinal problems require a stool sample for an accurate diagnosis. We can provide advice and materials so that you can provide a stool sample in your own time.

Swab Test
Swab tests usually involve taking a sample with a small cotton bud. They are quick and completely painless and can provide accurate readings from drug abuse to viral infections.
Smear Test/Papanicolaou Test
Commonly known as the ‘pap smear’, this is a standard test for all women which involves a trained nurse or a doctor taking a swab from the inside of the cervix. This swab is then used to test for cervical cancer or cell changes which might lead to cervical cancer.
Coeliac Screening
Coeliac tests can help screen for coeliac disease, allowing doctors to either diagnose or exclude the illness. Coeliac screening usually involves a simple blood test, which can be carried out on our premises.
Bowel Screening
Bowel screening can help identify or exclude the risk of bowel cancer. There are 2 types of test:
  • Bowel scope screening – a test where a thin, flexible tube with a camera at the end is used to look for and remove any polyps inside your bowel.
  • Stool test (the FIT or FOB test) – small samples of your poo can be checked for tiny amounts of blood (which could be caused by cancer).
Electrocardiogram
Sometimes called an EKG or ECG, an electrocardiogram measures the regulatory of your heartbeat as a way of testing for a range of potential heart diseases. It is a non-invasive test which involves sensors being placed on your chest, wrist and ankles with heart activity measured on a monitor.
Allergy Screens and Specialist Drug Allergy Testing
Allergies can present themselves at any time, and symptoms can become worse the longer they are left untreated. We can test for all manner of food, drink and drug allergies at our clinic, as well as providing advice on how to manage a new or emerging allergy.
Blood Type
There are four different blood types A, B, AB and O. Understanding your blood type is particularly useful if you intend to donate blood, or if you are likely to be a recipient of a blood donation in the future.
Male Fertility Test/Spermogram
A spermogram is a male fertility test which can analyse semen in order to diagnose any potential fertility problems, such as a low sperm count.
Patch Test
A medically-administered patch test is the best way to test for skin allergies. It can help diagnose dermatological issues such as recurrent eczema.
24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is a mobile blood pressure test which is worn by the user for a minimum period of 24-hours. The extended monitoring period means that your doctor can take a real-life reading of your average daily blood pressure levels.

Helicobacter Pylori Test
Helicobacter pylori is a type of bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers in certain circumstances. This test will either confirm or exclude the possibility of helicobacter pylori so that treatment can begin.
Harmony Prenatal Test

This is a harmless prenatal test which is generally available from the tenth week of pregnancy and can identify any potential abnormalities in the DNA of the foetus, including conditions such as Downs Syndrome.

Menopause Profile
Menopause comes with a wide range of symptoms, and a menopause profile is sometimes required to rule out any more serious illnesses, such as ovarian cancer. This involves a simple blood test.
Prostate Profile
Prostate profiles test for the presence of prostate-specific antigens, which can indicate whether or not you are at risk of prostate cancer. It involves a simple blood test which can be administered quickly and safely on our premises.
Sports Profile
Whether you are a budding athlete or just trying out a new sport, a sports profile can help identify any potential or existing injuries which could be exacerbated through exercise.
Superficial Fungal Infection/Skin scraping
Superficial fungal infections are typically found in the skin, nails, or scalp. By taking a skin scraping, we can analyse and diagnose the underlying cause so that the most appropriate treatment can be offered.

FAQ

What do I need to do if I have been referred for a fasting blood test?

If you have been referred for a fasting blood test you will be required to fast prior to having your test.
Please do NOT eat or drink anything, other than water, from 10pm the night before.
You should drink water on the morning of your test to stop you getting dehydrated. You are advised to bring a juice drink and a biscuit/snack to eat after your test.
You should follow your doctor’s advice with regard to taking any prescribed medication on the morning of the test.

How do I prepare for my scan?

To ensure we achieve the best quality images, there are certain things we ask you to do depending on the type of ultrasound scan you are having.

What can I expect during my scan?

The sonographer will perform the scan. They will ensure you are in the correct position on the examination table. They may dim the lights in the room to see the pictures on the monitor more clearly.

Our chaperone service

All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure if they feel it is necessary. This chaperone may be a family member or friend. Sometimes it may be necessary for a formal chaperone to be present. Please let us know if you would like a chaperone.