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.

Electrocardiography for Children

Electrocardiography (ECG) is a simple, fast test to check the electrical activity of your child's heart as blood moves through it.

Spinal Tap (Lumbar Puncture)

A spinal tap (lumbar puncture) is a test that checks the health of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF is a fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The test also measures the pressure in the spinal canal.

Newborn Screening Tests

A national program exists to screen all newborns for certain disorders within the first few days of 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.