Diagnostic testing is a way for your provider to gather valuable information that helps them create a personalized plan for you and your family. In Atlanta, the experienced providers at International Medical Clinics (IMC) X-ray, MRI, EKG, lab testing, and diagnostic ultrasound for men and women. For quality diagnostic testing, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
What is diagnostic testing?
Diagnostic testing is a valuable tool used by your provider to detect, confirm, or rule out acute and chronic diseases. Your IMC provider also orders diagnostic tests to:
- Plan your treatment
- Evaluate your risk for chronic medical conditions
- Monitor for side effects of medications
- Assess the impact of treatment
- Evaluate for progression of chronic disease
Your IMC provider is knowledgeable about what types of diagnostic testing give the best information regarding your specific symptoms and concerns. Using the results of your testing, they can create a treatment plan that is personalized and customized for your needs.
What are some kinds of diagnostic testing?
There are many kinds of diagnostic testing, and each provides different information regarding your body, how it works, and if you have signs of disease. Types of diagnostic testing include:
- Laboratory testing, including bloodwork
- Blood pressure and oxygen readings
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Stress test
- Pap smear
- Bone scans
- Cancer screenings
- Strep test or flu swab
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing
- HIV testing
- Genetic testing
IMC provides in-office or off-site access to the diagnostic studies your provider may need to get the complete picture of your health.
Why do I need blood work?
Your blood gives a snapshot of how your organs are working and can indicate the presence of diseases, like cancer, high cholesterol, and infection.
As part of regular health maintenance or when you show signs of disease, your provider orders routine blood tests, including:
- Complete blood count (CBC
- Chemistry panel
- Cholesterol test
- Liver function test
- Blood clotting studies
If indicated, your provider may also order additional tests, such as:
- Cardiac blood tests
- Iron test
- Hormone tests
- Cancer studies
- Thyroid test
- Arterial blood gas (ABG)
These are just a few of the possible blood tests your provider may order. Your provider discusses any abnormal blood work results with you and makes recommendations to improve your health if needed.
Why do I need diagnostic imaging?
Diagnostic imaging gives your provider a visual picture of your bones, soft tissues, internal organs, and circulation.
Results help to detect and diagnose disease and to plan surgery and other treatment. IMC offers access to off-site CT and in-office diagnostic testing, including:
Because IMC provides many diagnostic studies on-site, they can get your results faster than if they relied on off-site providers. This means you get treated promptly and are on your way to better health as quickly as possible.
For diagnostic testing and expert care, call, walk in, or schedule an appointment online with IMC today.