Testing & Diagnostics

Nationwide Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive and Specialized Care Units can perform a variety of tests in their facilities.

Learn more about some of of these tests, their purpose and how they are performed.

Neonatology Tests

APGAR Scoring

The Apgar score helps find breathing problems and other health issues.


Bronchoscopy is the examination of the main airways of the lungs using a flexible tube. It helps assess and diagnose lung problems, assess blockages, take samples of tissue or fluid, or help remove a foreign body.

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

A CBC count is a measurement of size, number, and maturity of the different blood cells in a specific volume of blood.

EEG (Electroencephalogram)

What to expect and how to prepare if your child is having an EEG.

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

Electrocardiography (ECG) is a simple, fast test to check the electrical activity of your child's heart as blood moves through it. Abnormal ECG results may mean there is a problem with your child's heart.

Lumbar Puncture

A spinal tap (lumbar puncture) is a test that checks the health of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

Newborn Screening Tests

The U.S. has a national program of newborn screening tests to check for several different disorders that can be treated if they are found very early in life.

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

Ohio law requires all newborns to have a hearing screening before they are discharged from their birth hospital. A hearing screening is a way to assess a baby’s “risk” for hearing loss. It is important to check hearing, as hearing loss is the No. 1 birth defect.