A pacemaker is a small electronic device that helps regulate slow electrical problems in the heart. The pacemaker is usually implanted in the chest, just below the collarbone. A pacemaker may be recommended to keep the heartbeat from slowing down to a dangerously low rate.
A pancreas scan uses nuclear radiology to search for, and sometime treat, tumors in the pancreas.
For a Pap test, your healthcare provider will collect and examine cells from your cervix. The cervix is the opening to the uterus. He or she will do this test to screen for cervical cancer and other problems.
Peak Flow Measurement
Peak flow measurement is a quick test to measure air flowing out of the lungs.
A pelvic ultrasound is a scan that looks at the organs and structures in your pelvic area. Ultrasound uses a device called a transducer to send out sound waves that are too high to be heard. The transducer sends the sound waves through your skin and other body tissues to the organs and structures within. The sound waves bounce off the organs like an echo and return to the transducer. The transducer picks up the reflected waves. These are changed into a picture of the organs.
Pleural biopsy is a procedure to remove a tissue sample from the membrane that surrounds the lungs called the pleura.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a type of nuclear medicine imaging test. It is used to examine various body tissues to identify certain conditions by looking at blood flow, metabolism, and oxygen use. PET scans may also be used to see how well the treatment of certain diseases is working.
The prostate gland is found only in males. It sits below the bladder and wraps around the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body). The prostate helps make semen.
Pulmonary angiogram is an X-ray image of the blood vessels of the lungs.
Pulmonary Function Tests
Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working.