What Is Diagnostic Testing?
Screening and diagnostic testing are often confused but are actually two different things. Screening helps figure out how likely you are to develop a disease. Diagnostic testing helps diagnose an illness that you may already have. Mamograms and coloscopies are two examples of this kind of testing, and they’re both offered at our office.
- Blood Tests.
- CT Scans and X-rays.
- Digital Rectal Exam (DRE).
When Is Diagnostic Testing Needed?
A medical test may be necessary if a physical exam reveals something abnormal. In other cases, if you have symptoms like frequent shortness of breath or unexplained fatigue, a test can help us come to a diagnosis. Whether you need a diagnostic test or physical, you can receive both services for free as part of your membership.
What Requires Diagnostic Testing?
- Diabetes – Often requires blood tests for a diagnosis.
- Digestive Diseases – A coloscopy or GI series may be needed to identify digestive issues.
- Endocrine Diseases – Thyroid illnesses that require an ultrasound or T4/T3 tests.
- Kidney Disease – Often require a biopsy to accurately diagnose.
- Liver Disease – A liver biopsy may be necessary.
- Urologic Diseases – Requires prostate tests or urodynamic testing.