Diagnostic tests are some important processes through which medical professionals identify certain diseases and conditions. There are numerous diagnostic tests in medical science, but today, ILS Hospitals would like to highlight a few of them. Let’s know about certain diagnostic tests in brief.
CT (Computed Tomography) Scan
Computed tomography scan or well-known as CT scan is a diagnostic imaging test done by the medical professionals to view the inside of the body. CT scan takes X-ray images from different angles and a computer to generate cross-sectional (tomographic) images of bones, blood vessels, organs and other soft tissues. CT scans are used by the doctor to diagnose-
To determine the method of treatment for operations, biopsies and radiation therapy
To observe the efficacy of treatment, like radiation therapy etc.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Scan
MRI is a diagnostic imaging tool which uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce comprehensive images of the organs in the body. An MRI scan helps in diagnosing conditions, like tumours, injuries in the brain due to trauma, cysts, abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord, heart conditions, stroke and many more.
As MRI scan uses strong magnetic fields, it is not suitable for pregnant women and people with pacemakers, cochlear implants, artificial joint, metal plates, dental fillings, intrauterine device (IUD) and some others.
Electromyography helps in diagnosing the health of your muscle and nerve disorders, like muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). You’ll be prescribed EMG if you suffer from muscle cramps, numbness, tingling etc. In EMG, the technician will insert electrodes at various parts of the body as per your symptoms. The electrodes will release electrical current at certain times to check for the muscle’s activity, so it can cause a little discomfort to the patient.
Endoscopy is another diagnostic test in which an endoscope, a long and thin flexible tube attached with a light and camera is inserted through the mouth to get detailed images of the digestive system. The gastroenterologist recommends endoscopy to determine certain health-conditions as follows:
Liver function test/s (LFT/s)
Liver function tests are also called hepatic panel and are a collection of blood tests recommended by the doctor to determine the person’s liver health and performance by measuring the proteins, enzymes and bilirubin in the blood as discharged by the liver. This diagnostic test is required to check for inflammation (hepatitis), infection and other diseases in the liver. You are most likely to be recommended LFT by the medical supervisor if you have serious medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, anaemia etc.
Echocardiography is used to monitor the heart’s functioning and defects. In an Echocardiography, sound waves are produced by the machine to create live images (echocardiogram) of the heart. During the test, the Echo technician will attach soft sticky patches (electrodes) on your chest and put gel on a transducer to be pressed on your chest for the examination.
Radiology is a special branch of medical science that uses imaging and other advanced techniques to detect the presence of any medical abnormality or illness. It can also be used to study the structure and functionality of any organ. Simultaneously, many a time, it can be availed to evaluate the effectiveness of a certain treatment. Needless to say, there are several types of radiology procedures and each of them has its own importance.
Some of the most common diagnostic techniques are as follows-
- Blood profile screenings
- Computed Tomography (CT scan)
- Exercise stress test
- Cath Lab
But it is even more beneficial for overall treatment when all the diagnostic procedures are available within a vicinity itself. Let’s explain it in details.
If you are dealing with a case of cavities in your teeth, a regular oral x-ray is adequate but often it is not the case for many other patients were having all diagnostic services under one roof is particularly helpful. For instance, a patient complaining of the persistent palpitation might simply be suspected of having high cholesterol at first. Thereby the only screening they might suggest is a blood cholesterol profile. However, persistent palpitation can be a result of several cardiac complications as well. Especially for an aging patient, a thorough investigation is required to determine the exact cause. These Cardiac health evaluations might comprise Electrocardiography, Echocardiogram, Exercise Stress Test and more. Needless to say, having them all in one place helps a lot.
It might also happen that a patient referred for an X-ray might reveal of having some metal implants inside their body right before undergoing the screening. Having a multispecialty radiology facility will enable the healthcare personnel to arrange for some other alternative radiology like an MRI or USG scan for the patient, without losing any precious moments
Moreover, going for a particular path lab is ideal for elective diagnosis. For instance, the routine diabetes checkup can be availed at any standard pathology center or even the sample collection at home works fine as well. However, in case of any accidental injury or medical emergency, it is difficult to predict in advance, exactly which tests are going to be recommended. Thus, having as many of them can be a life-saving factor.
ILS Hospitals offers high-end diagnostic services, all under the same roof. We offer diagnostic services for a wide range of medical specialties. We are equipped with the best-in-class diagnostic equipment and expert radiologists. We furthermore ensure that all our radiology procedures are carried as per standard guidelines and under the expert supervision of radiologists.