Home Diagnostic Services

Portable or home sleep studies are available for patients who are referred to our Centre by a Specialist or by a General Practitioner.  Not all patients are suited to a home sleep study.  Your doctor will assess your suitability by conducting a comprehensive sleep assessment and advise you as to whether this is a suitable option for you.

Home sleep testing is primarily used to diagnose Sleep Apnea and will be recommended by your Specialist or GP if:

  • It is highly likely that you have moderate to severe Sleep Apnea
  • You have no significant medical conditions other than the suspected Sleep Apnea

A home sleep study includes similar physiologic measurements as a laboratory (inpatient or overnight) sleep study but you sleep in the comfort of your home.

It is a non-invasive study which records various biological processes that take place while you sleep.  These include:

  1. Body oxygen level by measuring light transmission through the finger with an "oximeter"
  2. Airflow through the nose
  3. Chest and abdomen movements
  4. Heart activity also known as electrocardiogram (ECG)
  5. Brain activity also known as electroencephalogram (EEG)
  6. Muscle activity also known as electromyogram (EMG)
  7. Eye activity also known as electrooculogram (EOG)

Please be advised that we operate according to guidelines set by Medicare.  Medicare will rebate for only one portable or home study test in a twelve month period. If an abnormality is discovered from your portable or home study, and you require a second study for treatment, you will need to attend a hospital based Sleep Laboratory for an overnight sleep study.

What to expect

You will need to make an appointment with our Sleep Technician between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.  The process will take between 45min to one hour to complete.  You will be asked to complete some paperwork after which our Sleep Technician will take a brief medical history, provide you with information on Sleep Apnea and demonstrate how to set up the home sleep study device.

You will be asked to return the sleep monitoring device to the Centre the morning after your study. The data will be downloaded and your results will be analysed and reviewed by one of our Sleep Scientists and Sleep Physicians.  The Sleep Physician will look at your medical history, your symptoms and your test data to make a diagnosis and provide treatment recommendations if needed.

Your referring doctor and/or General Practitioner will be sent a copy of the test results.

If you require any further assistance or information, please contact us on 02 9252 6144

Please view video for further information on set up of home sleep study.


Testimonials

“Much more convenient that staying in a hospital for a night. Instructions were explained well in person and on the paper provided.”

C.F Cabarita

“The Home Sleep study is great. The instructions are fantastic, the coloured and labelled cords are excellent”

G. Gervasoni, Oatley