Special Tests We Offer

Another reason to choose Iron Horse Pediatrics:
Testing Expertise

Special Tests and Diagnostic Expertise

The family style comprehensive care you and your child receive at Iron Horse Pediatrics will transform you into an informed partner in your child’s wellness monitoring. We offer you cutting edge testing and diagnostic services that help make sense of your child’s health needs. Here are some situations that may arise and the special tests that will provide the answers you need:

Developmental Screening: Ages And Stages

At every well check from age 4 months to 5 years we ask parents to complete a survey called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, which gives a detailed picture of your child’s skills in five areas of development: fine motor, gross motor, speech, social, and problem solving. This provides a rich framework for discussing your child’s progress and a valuable tool for early identification of developmental concerns. You can download the Ages and Stages Questionnaire from the Patient Portal and print at home, if you would like to complete it ahead of time.

Is my child developing as he/she should?

You WILL know. Every well-check visits includes a review of our developmental screening tool: Ages and Stages

At every well-check from age 4 months to 5 years you will be asked to complete a survey called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This survey helps you and your provider stay in touch with your child’s growth and progress. What you gain is a detailed picture of your child’s skills in five key indicators of healthy, normal development.

These keys include:

  • fine motor skills
  • gross motor skills
  • speech skills
  • social skills
  • problem solving skills

This hands-on review at every well-check provides a rich and consistent framework for discussing your child’s progress. No more guessing. No more unanswered questions. Should a question arise, it is a timely and extremely valuable tool for early identification of any area of developmental concern. If you would like to learn more, download a printable copy of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire here or from our Patient Portal and review it at your leisure.

Special Tests We Offer

Spirometry: Assessment Of Lung Function

For patients with asthma and other pulmonary problems we will schedule a computer-based assessment of lung function called a spiromtry test. Your child simply blows hard into a tube and a graph of air flow through the lungs is produced. A medication to open the airways is given and the test is repeated. This can help to determine if a child has asthma and also aids in adjusting inhaler treatments for children who are currently asthmatic.

IMPACT Testing: Assessment Of Brain Injury From Concussion

The IMPACT test is a computer-based assessment of a patient’s thinking ability, developed by the NFL and NHL for evaluation of athletes who have had a concussion. A baseline test provides an individual starting point. After a concussion, subsequent testing tells when it is safe for your child to return to school, practice or competition. We offer IMPACT testing to all children over age 11.

Rapid Diagnostic Tests

We do rapid testing in the office for common infections including strep throat, influenza A and B, RSV, and mononucleosis. We also perform testing for urine analysis, blood sugar, hemoglobin for iron status, lipid panel for cholesterol, oxygen level, and pregnancy. Vision screening is offered at all well check visits after age 4 years.