Medical Tests: A Practical Guide to Common Tests

Boston , MA —Never before have doctors had so many tests at their disposal to screen for, diagnose, and monitor health problems. When doctors recommend a certain test, patients are bound to have questions. Medical Tests: A Practical Guide to Common Tests , published by Harvard Health Publications, answers the essential questions and more for a variety of common tests.

Readers of Medical Tests can look up common medical tests and learn how to prepare, what to expect during the test, any risks, what to do afterward, how soon to expect the results, and what the results mean. Being armed with information can help patients reduce pre-test anxiety.

The report includes information on the most popular tests, including: angiography; biopsies of the breast, endometrium, lymph node, prostate, and skin; bone density tests and bone scans; colonoscopy; CT scan; echocardiogram; MRI scans; mammogram; Pap smear; allergy scratch tests; sigmoidoscopy; ultrasounds; x-rays; and more.

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