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Clinical physiological examinations

Clinical physiological examinations are used to measure the functioning of the heart and lungs. The measurements are performed both as short-term tests and as long-term monitoring. They are performed in a laboratory or at home using portable equipment.

We perform the following cardiovascular examinations:

We perform the following respiratory examinations: 

You need a doctor’s referral to take these tests. The referral quotes the procedure code and Social Insurance Institution (Kela) code for the test. The physician who referred you to the test will also give you the results.

 

Cardiovascular examinations

 

Resting ECG

Pt-EKG-12, SII code (KL): 1270

ECG or heart film means recording the electrical activity of the heart.

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you to ECG.
2.•You can visit the laboratory without an appointment. Just take a queue ticket and wait for your turn.
3.•The examination takes around 10 minutes.
4.•You do not need to make any particular preparations.
5.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone. 

Prices: The examination costs 47.30 euros.

Locations: ECG examinations are performed at all of Diacor’s medical centres. Find your most suitable location here.

 

Long-term ECG monitoring (Holter)

Pt-EKG-24h/48h, SII code (KL) 1279

Long-term ECG is used to track any changes in the heart’s electrical activity over a longer period of time, during normal everyday activities. ECG electrodes are placed on the patient’s body, and he or she is equipped with a portable recording device which must not be allowed to get wet. The heart activity is monitored for 24, 48 or 72 hours. The patient should keep a journal of his or her activities and physical reactions during the monitoring.

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you to long-term ECG.
2.•Make an appointment with the laboratory.
3.•It takes around 30 minutes to attach the device and 15 minutes to return it the following day.
4.•You do not need to make any particular preparations.
5.•Electrodes or pieces of fixing tape may be visible above the neckline of your shirt.
6.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone. 

Prices: A 24 hour ECG examination costs 344.40 euros and a 48 hour examination costs 379.30 euros.

Locations: Alppikatu, Itäkeskus, Ruoholahti, Tikkurila

 

Long-term blood pressure monitoring

Pt-RR-Pa (24h), SII code (KL): 3914

Long-term blood pressure monitoring is used to track recurring changes in the patient’s blood pressure during everyday activities at different times of the day. A blood pressure cuff is placed around the patient’s arm, and he or she is equipped with a portable recording device which must not be allowed to get wet. The device measures the blood pressure in the forearm every 20 minutes during the day and every hour during the night. When the blood pressure is being measured, the cuff tightens and a buzzing sound is heard from the device.

The blood pressure is monitored for 24 hours. The patient should keep a journal of his or her activities during the times when the blood pressure is measured. The times of going to sleep and waking up should also be noted down.

Instructions

1.•Your physician refers you for long-term blood pressure monitoring.
2.•Make an appointment with the laboratory.
3.•It takes around 30 minutes to attach the device and 15 minutes to return it the following day.
4.•You do not need to make any particular preparations. 
5.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone. 

Prices: The examination costs 237.10 euros.

Locations: Alppikatu, Itäkeskus, Pasila, Ruoholahti, Tikkurila

 

Clinical exercise test

Pt-KIR-tje, SII code (KL): 2068  

A clinical exercise test (cycle ergometry) measures heart activity, breathing, blood pressure behaviour during physical activity and physical performance, and detects any symptoms which may appear during physical activity.

The test is performed using a stationary bicycle and progresses in 1-3 minute steps. The exercise test continues until there is a reason to stop or until the patient has reached the highest possible level. Heart activity and blood pressure are also monitored. There is both a physician and a nurse present during the exercise test.

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you to a stress test.
2.•Make an appointment with the laboratory.
3.•The test takes about an hour.
4.•Read about how to prepare for the test here. 
5.•You will get an opportunity to take a shower after the test.
6.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone. 

Prices: The examination costs 340.60 euros.

Locations: Alppikatu, Flamingo, Itäkeskus, Ruoholahti, Tikkurila

 

Clinical stress test, spiroergometry

Pt-KIR-Spi, SII code (KL): 2065 

A clinical stress test (spiroergometry) is used to study heart and lung activity. It is used as a tool for diagnosing stress dyspnoea, hyperventilation syndrome and unspecified chest pain, and for assessing the patient’s general condition (working ability and suitability for surgery).

The test is performed using a stationary bicycle. At the same time, the exhaled air flow is measured and oxygen and carbon dioxide levels are analysed. Heart activity and blood pressure are also monitored. The test progresses either steplessly or in steps of 2-3 minutes. The test continues until there is a reason to stop or until the patient has reached the highest possible level.  

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you to a stress test
2.•Make an appointment for a spiroergometry with the laboratory. 
3.•The stress test takes about 1.5 hours.
4.•You will get an opportunity to take a shower after the test.
5.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone. 

Prices: The examination costs 461.40 euros.

Locations: Alppikatu medical centre

 

Heart ultrasound

SII code (KL): FM1EE 

An ultrasound examination of the heart is completely painless and risk-free. It is used to examine the structure and function of the heart. The examination is performed by a heart specialist, i.e. a cardiologist. If necessary, it can be performed during a normal cardiologist appointment.

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you to a heart ultrasound.
2.•Make an appointment with the laboratory.
3.•You do not need to make any particular preparations.
4.•The procedure takes around 30 minutes.
5.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone.  

Prices: The examination costs 352.00 euros.

Locations: Alppikatu and Ruoholahti

 

Orthostatic test

Pt-Ortos-R, SII code (KL) 2440

An orthostatic test measures fluctuations in blood pressure and heart rate when the patient is standing up. The test is performed by a nurse.

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you to an orthostatic test.
2.•Make an appointment with the laboratory.
3.•The test takes around 30 minutes.
4.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone. 

Prices: The examination costs 108.70 euros.

Locations: Alppikatu medical centre

 

Respiratory examinations

 

Spirometry and bronchodilation test

Pt-SpirD, SII code (KL): 2682

Lung function is most commonly measured with breathing tests. A breathing test can be used to determine the lung volume and the air flow in the bronchi, and is performed by having the patient breathe through the mouthpiece of a spirometer. The test is, for instance, used to diagnose and monitor asthma. 

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you to a spirometry test.
2.•Make an appointment with the laboratory. You can also make an appointment online. In that case, select the profession ‘Bioanalyst’. 
3.•The test cannot be performed while you are having a respiratory infection (such as fever, flu or a sore throat). 
4.•Read about how to prepare for the test here.
5.•The procedure takes around 45 minutes
6.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone. 

Prices: The examination costs 128.70 euros.

Locations: Spirometry tests are performed at all of our medical centres apart from Pasila and Kirkkonummi. Find your most suitable location here.

 

Bronchial histamine provocation test

P-HistamP, SII code (KL) 2855

A histamine provocation test is used to check whether the airways have an abnormal tendency to contract. A breathing test is used to measure the effect of histamine on the bronchi. The patient may experience hoarseness after the test. 

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you to a histamine provocation test
2.•Make an appointment by calling the laboratory
3.•The test cannot be performed if you have a respiratory infection (such as fever, a cold or a sore throat) or within a month after the infection has passed.
4.•If you have taken a course of antibiotics, do not take the test until at least a week after it has ended.
5.•Read about how to prepare for the test here.
6.•The test takes about an hour.
7.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone.

Prices: The examination costs 297.00 euros.

Locations: Alppikatu and Itäkeskus

 

Diffusion capacity, basic measurement

Pt-DcoSB1, SII code (KL): 1246

The purpose of diffusion capacity measurement is to measure the lung tissue's ability to transfer oxygen from the lungs into the bloodstream. A breathing test is used for the measurement. 

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you to the test.
2.•Make an appointment with the laboratory.
3.•The test cannot be performed if you have a respiratory infection (such as fever, a cold or a sore throat).
4.•The test takes about an hour.
5.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone. 

Prices: 166.10 euros.

Locations: Alppikatu medical centre

 

Expiratory nitric oxide

Pt-NO-ex, SII code (KL) 4812

An expiratory nitric oxide test is used to measure the levels of nitric oxide in exhaled air. Exhaled air always contains small amounts of nitric oxide, but these amounts increase significantly in sufferers of inflammatory diseases such as asthma. A breathing test is used for the measurement. 

Instructions:

1.•Your physician refers you for the test.
2.•Make an appointment with the laboratory.
3.•The test takes about half an hour.
4.•Read about how to prepare for the test here.
5.•The physician who referred you will give you the results either during an appointment or over the phone. 

Prices: The examination costs 102.60 euros.

Locations: Alppikatu and Itäkeskus


Experts

Haapalahti Petri

Clinical Physiologist

Specialist in Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine

Tikkanen Heikki

Clinical Physiologist

Specialist in Clinical Physiology and Sports Medicine