Diagnostic Testing


This exam is performed using oxygen sensors on the surface of the skin.  These sensors emit heat, encouraging blood to flow to the surface of the skin where the oxygen saturation may be detected with these sensors.  The saturation values are recorded as the exam is performed.

Indications for this exam:  The TCP02 test helps determine if the skin involved in arterial caused ulcers will heal in a higher oxygen environment (barometric oxygen chamber treatments covered by Medicare if this test is positive).  It also is used to determine the most appropriate level of amputation in cases where arterial grafts are not an option and gangrene has established itself.

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