Medical Tests Sourcebook, 6th Ed.

Health Reference Series

Medical Tests Sourcebook, 6th Ed.

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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.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: Screening and Preventive Care Tests are used to identify individuals with specific risk factors for which the timely provision of medical care or other interventions can help avoid or reduce health consequences. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and certain genetic characteristics. Information is included about regular health exams, new-born screening tests, and preventive screening recommendations for all ages.

Part II: Laboratory Tests begins with an overview of lab tests. It identifies the features that distinguish quality services and provides help for understanding lab reports. Information about commonly used diagnostic and preventive care tests is provided along with details about tests of body fluids, such as those that analyze blood, urine, and spinal fluid. Specific biopsies and cultures are also explained.

Part III: Imaging Tests describes the many types of imaging available and the accompanying risks associated with exposure to radiation emissions. Imaging tests include radiography (X-rays), contrast studies, ultrasound exams, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear imaging, and thermal imaging. Mammograms and neurological imaging are also discussed.

Part IV: Catheterization, Endoscopic, and Electrical Tests and Assessments describe tests that use scopes, cameras, and electrical data. Cardiac catheterization, endoscopy, and laparoscopy enable physicians to see the structure of the heart, esophagus, colon, and other areas inside the body. Electrical tests provide data about the functioning of the cardiovascular, brain, and nervous systems.

Part V: Screening and Assessments for Specific Conditions and Diseases explains tests used to identify and monitor conditions such as allergy, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cancer, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis (CF), diabetes, eating disorders, heart disease, infectious disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sleep disorders, and endocrine dysfunction. Information is also provided about hearing assessments, vision tests, vestibular problem tests, and prenatal and infertility tests.

Part VI: Home and Self-Ordered Tests discusses products that offer consumers a private option for the initial screening of fecal occult blood, drug abuse, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and other health concerns. The pros and cons of each test are given, and consumers are cautioned to use only tests approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Part VII: Additional Help and Information provides a glossary of terms related to medical tests and a list of online health screening tools. Directories of early detection programs for breast and cervical cancer and other resources for people undergoing medical tests are also included.

Standard Features in the Health Reference Series

  • Library Binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Include access to Health Reference Series Online.
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations.
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation.
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations.
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms.
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support.
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts.
  • List Price $95 per volume
  • School and Library Price $85 per volume