Diagnostic testing helps contextualize specific symptoms that could be causing your symptoms or condition. At CommunityMD, our team of dedicated experts uses the latest diagnostic testing procedures to monitor your health. Call one of our local offices to schedule an appointment. Call one of the three local offices to schedule an appointment. You can also book through the online portal to learn more about the diagnostic testing services that CommunityMD provides.

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What is diagnostic testing?

Diagnostic testing is a vital tool that aids in the detection of a disease. Diagnostic testing helps pinpoint vital information while ruling out potential ailments to create a detailed map of your health. Each diagnostic test provides valuable insight into your specific health status.

Diagnostic testing includes both invasive and non-invasive methods. Invasive procedures, such as blood draws, require puncturing the skin or inserting a medical tool into a body cavity for inspection. Conversely, non-invasive diagnostic testing does not puncture the skin, such as an EKG, echos, and spirometry.

The use of technology and various tools are critical to the diagnostic testing procedure. This technology creates the imagery of various organs and tissues, making non-invasive treatments the first and ideal choice. Non-invasive diagnostic testing helps determine if invasive measures are needed.

Is diagnostic testing the same as lab testing?

Diagnostic testing and lab testing are similar; however, there are subtle differences. Lab testing refers to the gathering of a physical sample to be analyzed in a laboratory. The process may take days or weeks, depending on the specific test.

Diagnostic testing is broader and includes any test, procedure, or use of a tool that helps determine your health status. Diagnostic testing includes lab testing, such as blood draws, but uses other methods as well. Popular diagnostic testing tools include image scanning technology, cardiograms, echos, and physical examinations.

What are common diagnostic testing procedures?

It’s likely you’ve received a diagnostic testing procedure if you’ve ever been to the doctor’s office. Many common forms of diagnostic testing include:

  • Blood draws
  • EKG
  • X-rays
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Colonoscopy

Many of these diagnostic testing modalities use waves of light or sound to produce imagery. In the case of blood draws or colonoscopy, diagnostic tools are inserted into the body.

Should you be worried about diagnostic testing?

Diagnostic testing is nothing to worry about. The qualified professionals at CommunityMD consider your health and comfort every step of the way. All tools are handled with care and sterilized according to regulation. Additionally, protective equipment is provided to ensure your safety during specific diagnostic testing.

Learn more about the variety of diagnostic testing procedures by calling your nearest CommuntyMD office or scheduling online through the virtual portal.