Why is diagnostic testing crucial in the treatment process?

Everything has got its specific procedure, and medical treatment is not an exception. Therefore, the best way to diagnose the patient’s condition is using equipment and diagnostic testing as they are more accurate.

This web page will explain why one might need to do the diagnostic testing and what the benefits of diagnostic testing are.

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We offer top-notch medical services in Summerlin, Las Vegas. Our two physicians use high-tech equipment to diagnose your condition. There is no waiting room in our center so that you won’t have to wait to get treatment. You can also set an appointment for the same day you call.

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Amir Nicknam, MD, MPH, CIME, FACOEM

FOUNDER, CEO

Dr. Amir Nicknam is a board-certified physician. He specializes in family practice and is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Nicknam has received his medical degree from the Ross University, has completed his residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, and his Master’s Degree in Public Health from Medical College of Wisconsin. In 2010, Dr. Amir Nicknam founded SNOHC to provide expertise and services for the industrial workforce’s total health and wellness.

Why choose us

  •  We pay attention to different aspects of our patients. Not only do our care services meet the most up-to-date guidelines, but the equipment, health, and safety protocols we follow also meet high standards.
  • Our experienced healthcare providers have passed advanced clinical training. In addition, they regularly attend conferences and professional society meetings to update their knowledge in Family Medicine.
  • We believe that patient education is a fundamental step and is directly related to the desired therapeutic outcomes. Therefore, in addition to talking to the patient during the exams, we provide the patient with a thorough explanation of the treatment regimen, including drug interactions, proper diet, and exercise.
  • We allow all members of your family, from infancy to an elderly age, to see the same physician. This means your family practice can develop a trusting personal relationship with your family, resulting in better treatment outputs.

What is diagnostic testing?

As soon as your physician observes pain symptoms/injury in your body, he will request you to undergo some diagnostic testing. Every year, more than 13 billion diagnostic tests are done in the United States. These tests diagnose your condition in a more precise manner.

Over 110 diagnostic tests are currently in use. They are used to:

  • Detect disease and monitor the progression
  • Guide treatment and evaluate the efficacy

 

Diagnostic testing types

There are two types of diagnostic testing:

Invasive

Invasive diagnostic testing requires entering the body or puncturing the skin. Some examples are as follows:

  • Biopsies
  • Taking a blood sample
  • Colonoscopies

Noninvasive

Noninvasive diagnostic testing does not require puncturing the skin. The procedure often involves advanced diagnostic equipment to take images of the following items without an incision:

  • Organs
  • Soft tissues
  • Bones

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    Depending on your symptoms, your physician may prescribe any of the procedures below:

     

    X-Rays

    The first diagnostic imaging tool used is the X-ray (radiography) that works with radiation/radio waves to take images of the organs and bones. It is still the most widely utilized noninvasive diagnostic procedure. For broken bones, X-rays are often the first demanded medical imaging procedure.

     

    MRI

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a developed diagnostic imaging procedure to take images of the body’s inner structures without radiation. Instead, it works with a powerful magnet and radio waves to take detailed images of the body’s internal parts.

     

    Ultrasound

    “Ultrasound” uses sound waves, a computer, and a transducer to take images of the internal organs. It is known as a tool to be used by obstetricians. However, more applications can also be made, like pain treatment.

     

    EKGs

    An electrocardiogram can record your heart’s electrical signals. It’s highly used and painless, and it can quickly detect heart problems. It is a non-invasive manner to diagnose many common heart problems. Your physician may use an electrocardiogram to check:

    • Arrhythmias
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Previous heart attack
    • Heart treatments function control

     

    Pulmonary Function Tests

    Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive tests to indicate how well the lungs perform. These tests can measure lung capacity, volume, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This test helps your physician diagnose and decide the treatment of lung disorders.

     

    Electroencephalogram (EEG)

    An EEG (electroencephalogram) is a test to detect the brain’s electrical activity using small metal discs attached to your scalp. Your brain cells communicate with electrical impulses, even when you’re not awake. This activity is shown as wavy lines on an EEG recording.

     

    COVID-19 testing

    The COVID-19 testing is one of the best ways to diagnose whether you are infected with the virus or not. There are several ways to do that. However, the PCR test is one of the most practical manners. The practitioners will take samples of your saliva and test it.

     

    Preventive or diagnostic care?

    Both preventive and diagnostic care may take place at the same visit. For instance, your physician discusses a chronic illness you might be infected with at a routine check-up. Likewise, the type of testing your physician orders can be preventive (like a mammogram) or diagnostic (like cholesterol check).

     

    What’s the difference?

    You do not need to pay for preventive care; but, diagnostic care includes cost-sharing. That’s why, when you receive preventive and diagnostic care during the same visit, you should pay for the diagnostic care.

    A considerable amount of tests are available at the majority of medical centers. Many of these tests are designed for a specific disorder. Other tests can be used for a broad spectrum of conditions. The purpose of these tests are as follows:

    • Screening
    • Observing the response to treatment
    • Diagnosing a disorder
    • Evaluating the severity of a disease

    Sometimes there is more than one purpose to a particular type of testing. Namely, a blood test may indicate that the patient has anemia (insufficient red blood cells). The same test may be done again after treatment to check whether the number of red blood cells has increased or not.

    Sometimes treatment can happen at the same time a diagnostic test is done. In particular, when colonoscopy detects polyps, the physician can take them out before it is completed.

     

    Analysis of Body Fluids

    The most frequently analyzed fluids are as follows:

    • Blood
    • Urine
    • Synovial fluid
    • Cerebrospinal fluid

    Sweat, gastric juices, and saliva are less common. Sometimes the fluids are there only if a disease is present.

     

    Diagnostic testing potential risks

    Every test has risks. The risk may be an injury during the trial or further testing if the result is abnormal. Unfortunately, further testing is more costly and harmful. Therefore, physicians prefer to weigh the risk of a test against the usefulness of getting information.

     

    Diagnostic Testing in Summerlin, Las Vegas

    The SNOHC team’s diagnostic testing facilities are accredited and checked up every once in a while. We endeavor to make the most advanced diagnostic testing procedures available to you and your loved ones. We deliver patient-centered care and place your comfort and convenience above all.

    If you think you require medical care, we won’t keep you waiting as there is no waiting room in our center. Instead, our caring physicians try to get the best treatment scheme right away. So, with a short call, make a quick appointment and take advantage of the professional services we provide for you.

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