Patient Preparation

The following guidelines are provided to help you understand how to prepare for your test.

Preparing properly will ensure your doctor receives the quality results required.

If you are unclear about any of the information provided, please talk to your doctor about it. 

Understanding your tests

For detailed information about general pathology tests and specific conditions visit pathologytestsexplained.org.au.

Simply click on the individual test you require preparation information about.

24 Hour Urine Test also available in Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Vietnamese PUB 0103
5HIAA Urine Test PUB 0180
Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Clearance Test (AAT) PUB 0083
Blood Collection - recommendations post-collection PUB 0160
Catecholamines Urine Test PUB 0102
Dexamethasone Suppression Test PUB 0809
ECG Screening PUB 0744
Faecal Occult Blood Test also available in Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Vietnamese PUB 0282
Faeces Collection for Enteric Pathogens PUB 0007
Fasting PUB 0147
Fine Needle Biopsy (FNA) PUB 0276
Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) also available in Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Vietnamese PUB 0281
Hydrogen Breath Test EXT GEN-418
Micro Urine Collection also available in Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Vietnamese PUB 0077
Platelet Aggregation Test PUB 0169
Salivary Cortisol Test PUB 0104
Semen Analysis PUB 0266
Short Synacthen Test (SST) PUB 0120
Sweat Test PUB 0646
Urea Breath Test also available in Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Vietnamese PUB 0267
Urine Drug Screening PUB 0822
Urinary Albumin – Overnight Collection PUB 0101
Urinary Albumin – Spot Collection PUB 0075
Urine Specimens for Cytology PUB 0271
Venesection - Pre and Post PUB 0670