Medical testing processes can be found at every stage of the lifespan. Screening tests serve as tools to identify people at risk for certain disorders. Diagnostic tests can help pinpoint specific markers of disease or rule out alternate possibilities. Medical Tests Sourcebook, Third Edition provides updated information about the vast and ever growing arena of screening, diagnostic, and disease monitoring exams. It provides an overview of tests for preventive care in infants, children, and adults. It discusses screening and assessment tests associated with such specific concerns as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid dysfunction, infertility, osteoporosis, sexually transmitted diseases, allergies, hearing loss, and vision problems. It offers details about blood testing, biopsy procedures, imaging tests (including xrays, ultrasounds, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear medicine) electrical and endoscopic procedures, and tests designed for home use. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms, information about on line health screening tools, and resources for more information about medical tests.
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