Diagnostic Testing

  • Understanding DEXA Scan Results

    Find help with understanding DEXA scan results. Learn how the machine measures bone mineral density and know how the scores work.
    By Diana Cooper February 19, 2010 

  • What is a DEXA Scan?

    What is a DEXA scan? It is a quick, painless, and very accurate procedure to measure bone loss. Learn more about the DEXA scan, including the two types of machines used, who should have one done, and who should not have one done.
    By Diana Cooper February 19, 2010 

  • What is a PET Scan?

    What is a PET scan? It is a sophisticated x-ray machine that can take 3-D images of the inside of the body to find problems like cancer. Learn what else it is used for, how long the test takes, and more.
    By Diana Cooper February 19, 2010 

  • Patient Information on a Low White Blood Cell Count

    This article focuses on providing all of the important patient information on a low white blood cell count.
    By R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen January 28, 2010 

  • Digital Subtraction Angiography History

    Digital subtraction angiography, or DSA, is used to look at images of blood vessels in the body by using an iodine based contrast. Learn about digital subtraction angiography history in this guide.
    By  Victoria Trix December 28, 2009 

  • How MRI Machines Work & What They Can Scan and Image in the Human Body

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique that can provide a detailed visualization of soft tissues. The MRI allows for detailed images of the brain, cardiovascular system, cancer(s), and musculoskeletal system.
    By Finn Orfano November 10, 2009 

  • Hyperkalemia Overview

    Hyperkalemia is used to describe abnormally-high levels of potassium in the blood. This condition can quickly become life-threatening, so it important that it is diagnosed and treated quickly. Learn about hyperkalemia in this comprehensive guide.
    By Leigh A. Zaykoski October 31, 2009 

  • Side Effects of Myelogram

    Myelogram is an imaging exam that uses contrast material to detect abnormalities with the spinal cord, spinal nerve roots, and spinal canal. Learn about how the test is performed, how doctors use the results, and the side effects of myelogram.
    By Leigh A. Zaykoski August 9, 2009 

  • Cystometrogram Overview

    Cystometrogram (CMG) is a diagnostic test that allows doctors to measure how well the bladder functions. Learn why this test is performed and how the results are used.
    By Leigh A. Zaykoski July 31, 2009 

  • The Purpose of a Voiding Cysto-urethrogram in Detecting Urinary Problems

    Voiding cysto-urethrogram is a diagnostic test that is used to assess the health of the bladder and urethra. Learn why this test is used, how to prepare and what the results mean.
    By Leigh A. Zaykoski July 31, 2009 
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