Medical Tests Sourcebook

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Author: Angela Williams
Affiliation: Omnigraphics, Inc.
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN 10: 0780816404
ISBN 13: 9780780816404
eISBN: 9780780816411
Edition: 6th
Informed decisions about health and the treatment of disease are guided by the wealth of information discovered though medical screening and diagnostic tests. Screening tests identify risk factors for specific disorders, while diagnostic tests find markers of disease or dysfunction. Medical tests assist in diagnosing the causes of symptoms, making treatment decisions, and assessing treatment effectiveness. When faced with decisions about health, consumers need to understand the benefits and limitations of medical tests and how test results guide treatment and lifestyle choices. Medical Tests Sourcebook, Sixth Edition provides updated information about exams, tests, and other screening, diagnostic, and disease monitoring procedures. It discusses preventive care guidelines and the screening tests used for such specific conditions as allergies, cancer, celiac disease, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, kidney and thyroid dysfunction, and others. Details about laboratory blood tests, biopsies, urinalysis, and genetic tests are also presented. Imaging tests, such as X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography, coronary calcium scan and magnetic resonance and nuclear imaging are described, and facts are offered about electrical, endoscopic, and home-use tests. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms, a list of online health screening tools, and directories of breast and cervical cancer early detection programs and other resources for more information.
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