Diagnostic testing is a way to help physicians understand and accordingly address any disease probability or major health issues a patient has. When a healthcare physician feels that a patient is experiencing any symptoms of a disease, they are going to need to order a few diagnostic tests in order to know for sure.
This process can include having the patient undergo a variety of lab tests and/or using a number of diagnostic procedures that check for any current abnormalities. Some of the more common diagnostic testing options include blood testing, tissue testing and ultrasound testing.
Diagnostic testing options
While there is a wide variety of diagnosing testing options currently available to check for health issues and possible disease, the more common diagnostic testing options include:
- Abdominal ultrasound
- Thyroid sonogram
- ABI (ankle-brachial index)
- Mobile neurological testing
Diagnosing testing for heart disease is quite common these days and since there are various types of cardiovascular screening options available, a health care physician will determine which testing options are going to work best for any particular patient. Diagnosing testing options can include having a coronary angiogram, an echocardiogram, an electrocardiogram and a transesophageal echocardiogram.
An echocardiogram refers to an ultrasound of the heart and allows an experienced heart specialist to look closely at and inspect the heart for any potential problems. This includes looking at the overall size of the heart, examining the heart valves, studying how forcefully the heart is pumping blood and looking for any signs or scars that indicating a heart attack. No preparation is necessary when someone is in need of an echocardiogram.
An abdominal ultrasound is able to take pictures of inside the abdominal area and uses sound waves instead of any potentially harmful radiation. A radiologist or an ultrasound technician will use a transducer to slowly go over the patient’s abdominal area. This device sends sound waves through the body, allowing a nearby computer to see the pictures that stem from the sound waves bouncing off the internal organs and other parts of the body.
When a thyroid sonogram (a picture of the thyroid area) is necessary, an ultrasound technician will apply a little gel to the thyroid area so that they can use a transducer to gently glide over the neck area in order to take the necessary thyroid images. Once a radiologist approves the pictures, they are able to send the thyroid sonogram over to the primary physician for review.
General mobile ultrasound
To make it more convenient for both patients and physicians to get ultrasounds, many medical offices and healthcare clinics are adding mobile ultrasound to their list of health care services. The ability to have access to a sonogram in a matter of minutes instead of days or weeks can prove very beneficial when it comes to diagnosing a patient. Mobile ultrasound machines are becoming more and more common due to the need for diagnostic testing these days and can even be part of the new standard of health care.
Mobile neurological testing
When a patient is in need of neurological testing it just may take place in a mobile neurological testing unit. Many physicians are choosing to maintain control of their patient’s health care by taking advantage of experienced neurological technicians who can bring their neurological testing services to the physician’s office vs. having to refer the patient out to see a neurological specialist. This convenience can easily lead to an increase in patient satisfaction and also help physicians provide patients with the necessary healthcare services.
ABI (ankle-brachial index)
An ABI test is a simple test that allows health care professionals to understand how well someone’s blood is flowing and consists of taking someone’s blood pressure on their ankle. A patient’s blood pressure using their arm will first be taken in order to compare to the blood pressure results found when using the ankle. The reason for this diagnostic test is to check if a patient has peripheral artery disease (PAD).
When someone receives a diagnosis for PAD, it means that they are experiencing blockages in the arteries that are going to slow down overall blood flow. This reduction in blood flow can lead to a number of health issues making an ABI test important.
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