Medical Tests in Context: Innovations and Insights, 1st Edition

  • Randi Minetor
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  • ISBN-10: 144086098X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440860980
  • DDC: 616.075076
  • 416 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Overview

Whether it's to proactively monitor health, diagnose a condition, or assess how well a particular treatment is working, we all undergo a variety of medical tests throughout our lives. While these tests provide valuable information for doctors and patients, they can sometimes carry significant risks, provide ambiguous or incorrect results, or raise more questions than they answer. Contrary to what some may think, medical testing isn't a simple yes or no science carried out by computers in a lab-it is a dynamic process that relies heavily on human detective work and interpretation. This book highlights more than 125 tests performed across a wide range of medical specialties. Entries follow a standard format that provides information about how, when, and why a test is conducted; preparation and risks; how results are determined and where errors might occur; and its history. A collection of case studies offers real-world examples of the successes-and shortcomings-of medical testing.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Guide to Related Topics.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
1: Why Medical Testing Isn’t an Exact Science.
2: A.
3: Abdominal X-Ray.
4: Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (aPTT).
5: Acute Viral Hepatitis Panel.
6: Amniocentesis.
7: Amylase.
8: Anoscopy.
9: Antinuclear Antibody Panel.
10: Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Analysis.
11: Arthroscopy.
12: Audiometry.
13: Autoantibody Tests.
14: B.
15: Balance Assessment Tests.
16: Barium Enema.
17: Basic Metabolic Panel.
18: Blood Alcohol Level.
19: Blood Pressure.
20: Blood Urea Nitrogen.
21: Bone Densitometry.
22: Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy.
23: Bone X-Ray.
24: Breast MRI.
25: Bronchoscopy.
26: C.
27: Cardiac Catheterization.
28: Cell-Free DNA Test.
29: Chest X-Ray.
30: Colonoscopy.
31: Colposcopy.
32: Complete Blood Count.
33: Comprehensive Metabolic Panel.
34: Computer Axial Tomography.
35: C-Reactive Protein.
36: Cystoscopy.
37: D.
38: Digital Rectal Exam.
39: Discography.
40: DNA Testing for Genealogy.
41: D-Xylose Absorption Test.
42: E.
43: Echocardiography.
44: Electrocardiogram.
45: Electroencephalogram.
46: Electrolyte Panel.
47: Electromyography.
48: Electrophysiologic Study.
49: Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography.
50: Endoscopic Ultrasound.
51: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate.
52: Exercise Stress Test.
53: F.
54: Fecal Occult Blood Test.
55: Fine Needle Aspiration.
56: Fistulogram.
57: Fluorescein Angiography.
58: G.
59: Galactography.
60: Glucose Tolerance.
61: Gram Stain.
62: H.
63: hCG Tumor Marker.
64: Hemoglobin A1C.
65: HIV Antigen/Antibody (p24) and HIV Antibody.
66: Holter Monitor.
67: Home Blood Glucose Test.
68: HPV Test.
69: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.
70: Hysterosalpingogram.
71: I.
72: Intravenous Pyelogram.
73: K.
74: Kidney Function Panel.
75: KUB X-Ray.
76: L.
77: Laparoscopy.
78: Laryngoscopy.
79: Lead Test.
80: Lipid Panel.
81: Liver Function Panel.
82: Lumbar Puncture.
83: Lyme Disease Tests.
84: M.
85: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
86: Mammogram.
87: Maternal Serum Screen.
88: Microalbumin.
89: Mononucleosis Test.
90: Multigated Acquisition Scan.
91: Myelogram.
92: N.
93: Nucleic Acid and Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests.
94: O.
95: Oxygen Saturation Test.
96: P.
97: Panoramic Dental Radiography.
98: Pap Test.
99: Pediatric Voiding Cystourethrogram.
100: Pleural Fluid Analysis.
101: Positron Emission Tomography.
102: Prenatal Genetic Screening Tests.
103: Proctoscopy.
104: Prostate Specific Antigen.
105: Protein Electrophoresis.
106: Prothrombin Time and Partial Thromboplastin Time.
107: Pulmonary Function Tests.
108: Q.
109: Quantitative Immunoglobulins.
110: R.
111: Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Test.
112: Rapid Strep Test.
113: S.
114: Segmental Doppler Pressures.
115: Semen Analysis.
116: Sexually Transmitted Infection Tests.
117: Skin Biopsy.
118: Skin Tests for Allergies.
119: Small Bowel Follow-Through.
120: Snellen Test for Visual Acuity.
121: Sputum Evaluation.
122: Stereotactic Breast Biopsy.
123: Stool Culture.
124: Susceptibility Testing.
125: T.
126: Testosterone Level.
127: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring.
128: Thoracoscopy.
129: Throat Culture.
130: Thyroid Scan and Uptake.
131: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Levels.
132: Tonometry.
133: Toxicology Screening.
134: Tumor Marker Tests.
135: U.
136: Ultrasound.
137: Upper Endoscopy.
138: Uric Acid Blood Test.
139: Urinalysis.
140: Urine Culture.
141: V.
142: Venography.
143: Ventilation-Perfusion Scan.
144: W.
145: West Nile Virus Test.
146: Whooping Cough Tests.
147: Z.
148: Zika Virus Testing.
149: Medical Testing Scenarios.
150: Antinuclear Antibody Panel (ANA) and Other Autoimmune Disease Enzymes.
151: Elevated Glucose in a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel.
152: Genetic Testing.
153: Lyme Disease.
154: Prenatal Genetic Testing.
155: Rapid Influenza Test.
156: Stress Echocardiography Test.
157: Testosterone Level.
158: Tumor Marker Tests.
159: X-Ray of the Neck and MRI.
Glossary.
Index.
About the Author.