The success of medical treatment depends on the correct diagnosis of the disease. Medical diagnostic tests are used to identify any abnormalities or detect the presence of a certain health condition in the human body. Appropriate diagnostic procedures are important in the patients’ treatment and recovery from a disease.

4 Armed Health offers diagnostic and screening tests for several different medical concerns and disease conditions. In-vitro diagnostic tests are performed on a sample of blood, tissue, urine, or stool. These tests help evaluate whether an individual has a particular genetic predisposition, a biomarker, or a specific medical condition.

These tests are often carried out away from the patient in a clinical laboratory. Diagnostic testing can serve the purpose of diagnosis, screening, monitoring, or prognosis. Diagnosis is the process of determining whether a patient has a certain illness. The doctor or medical professional prescribes the test to either confirm a diagnosis or to eliminate the possible disease.

If the patient is diagnosed with the disease, they are subjected to the appropriate treatment. In the case of negative results, further diagnostic tests might be performed. For some illnesses, it is not only critical to know the nature of the illness but also the extent of its development. Doctors might need to know what stage or level of progression the condition is at to take further action.

Screening by 4 Armed Health involves studying patients who do not yet have any symptoms or signs of a particular disease. It is done to figure out whether the disease has started to manifest quietly and what treatment should be applied to stop further progression or development. Screening tests are conducted on large populations, and their purpose is to estimate how many people might have a specific disease.

Monitoring is about assessing whether the disease is managed and regulated – an objective that is very common in chronic illnesses like diabetes. Chronic conditions cannot be treated, but patients can prevent the disease from worsening or advancing by using medications, lifestyle changes, or hormones. Monitoring enables the control of these diseases.

Prognosis enables clinicians to evaluate the chances of a patient developing an illness in the future and thus take the necessary precautionary measures sooner rather than later. For example, genetic tests are conducted to assess the patient’s predisposition for developing a medical condition, enabling the doctor and patient to be more careful about any early signs and symptoms of the disease and to take precautions as required.

Apart from these objectives, it is important to note that diagnostic tests do not directly cure diseases or treat patients but are an essential step towards both. They do not come into direct contact with the patient as they only require a sample from the patient to generate outcomes. The importance of these results on medical decisions is critical and important.

Author's Bio: 

Nat Kalim is a health consultant and has been associated with 4 armed health organizations for a long time. She sometimes prefers to express her thoughts in the way of writing to educate people.