Preparing For a Test
Here’s how to prepare for a test with the Center for Medical Genetics.
First schedule an appointment. Click on the Contact Us page to locate the office most convenient to your location. You can also reach us toll-free at 1-866-790-1990.
If your child is receiving the test, follow these few preparation steps.
- Set realistic expectations. Let your child know who is doing the test and what they will be doing. Find out ahead of time if the test will be drawing blood or just a finger prick. Let the child know. This prepares them for the “ouch” so they aren’t surprised. Let them know it will be over quickly and offer praise and comfort if necessary.
- Schedule the appointment during a time when your child will not be tired or hungry.
- Offer a distraction during a blood draw. Maybe singing a favorite song or bringing a coloring book.
- Be there with your child. Depending on the child’s age, being there for a blood draw may be a comfort. For older children, they may feel comfortable with more privacy.
- If your child is going to be taking a urine test, make sure they drink plenty of fluids beforehand.
With these tips you can feel confident that the necessary procedure, whether its genetic testing or cancer screening, will be as comfortable as possible.
Information regarding fasting
You may or may not need to fast for your future test. Depending on the test you will be taking, you may be told that you need to fast for a few hours or the night before the test. Fasting means not consuming food or drinks except water for a limited period of time. Follow your physician’s orders to a tee to ensure we receive the most accurate results of your test. Be sure to take your usual medications unless told otherwise by your healthcare provider. If you’re taking vitamin/mineral supplements, ask whether you should continue to take those as well. As soon as you’ve had your blood drawn, you’ll probably want to eat and drink something. It’s a good idea to bring along a snack so you can do so as soon as possible. Schedule your blood test for the early morning to minimize the length of time you’ll have to go without food.
Referrals To Our Practice
Referrals can be made by your PCP or medical specialist; however, some of this is subject to your insurance benefits. Some plans do not allow a specialist to specialist referral. We require ALL documentation (patient medical records, lab tests, genetic testing results, growth charts, etc.) and insurance authorization(s) is in place BEFORE an appointment is made. All requested documentation can be faxed to our office at 713-790-1903. Your providers can help you by sending these records on your behalf upon your request.
How should I prepare for my ultrasound?
We have a few suggestions to help your ultrasound be as quick and comfortable as possible. 1) Bring 20 ounces of water to begin drinking upon arrival 2) Eat a full meal within 30 minutes to 1 hour before your appointment 3) Bring a snack to assist with fetal activity during the ultrasound, if needed.
If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please contact the Center for Medical Genetics here.