Tests & Screenings

Getting an accurate diagnosis is one of the first steps in proper treatment. At West Suburban Medical Center, we offer a wide range of tests and screenings at our fully equipped hospital. Read about common advanced diagnostic tests and screenings below. To make an appointment, call (708) 383-6200.

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Skin Cancer Screening

Screening for skin cancer involves a simple physical examination of your skin. Screening can be done before any symptoms are reported, but it’s also conducted if you notice changes in your skin, such as a mole that has changed in size or color, any skin growths or atypical rough, scaly patches. If a screening is abnormal, you may need further tests.

Patch Testing

Patch testing can help to diagnose skin and food allergies by applying allergens to the skin with adhesive patches. After a period of time, the skin is examined for a reaction. Prick tests and intradermal tests are similar, but are applied to the skin or just under the skin with a needle.

Skin Biopsy

In a skin biopsy, a sample of the skin is removed to examine the tissue under the microscope to check for cancer cells. Skin biopsies are used to diagnose skin cancer or benign skin disorders.

Culture

A skin culture is a laboratory test to identify bacteria, fungi or viruses that are causing skin problems.