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Why test results may take a long time to receive

It takes time to gather health data, evaluate it carefully, and compare it to previous health information about you.


Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to X-ray contrast, iodine or shellfish.

Your health care team will share with you information about each test, as well as information about how to prepare before it and what to expect.

Feel free to ask questions and talk about any concerns.

Your health care team will want all the data possible before they determine a diagnosis.

Test results can sometimes take time to receive, for a number of reasons. Tests may be sent to another site to be read by an expert or be sent to another professional for evaluation. Sometimes, several specialists may be consulted on the same test results.

It can be difficult to wait for results. If you feel especially concerned, call your health care team and talk with them.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts