Diagnostic testing is an essential component of your medical evaluation when you visit Taylor Family Practice in Humble, Texas. Jill Taylor, DO, carries out extensive laboratory tests in addition to your physical exam and a review of your medical history and current symptoms. Diagnostic testing is crucial in pinpointing the precise cause of your symptoms and discovering more about your health. Book your assessment now by calling the clinic or booking an appointment online.
Diagnostic tests can involve many different processes, from taking blood, urine, or stool samples for examination, to carrying out X-rays, scans, and ECG readings. The tests look for indications of specific diseases and conditions, or changes in the structure of the tissues under examination. Diagnostic testing helps Dr. Taylor define what is causing the symptoms you’re experiencing so she can prescribe the most appropriate treatment.
The precise tests Dr. Taylor orders depend on the nature of your symptoms and the possible causes. Dr. Taylor carries out a physical examination and discusses your medical history at your appointment before making a decision on which tests are most appropriate for you.
Typical tests might include:
Blood tests can detect a wide range of conditions, including diseases, organ function, the effectiveness of medications, and nutritional deficiencies, and are one of the most commonly used diagnostic procedures. Blood is drawn from your arm and sent for analysis at the laboratory.
Ultrasound scans, or sonograms, use high-frequency sound waves to view the internal organs, such as liver, kidneys, heart, and bladder, and during pregnancy to monitor the growth and development of the fetus.
Bone density tests use specialized X-rays to assess the strength of your bones and take measurements to see how thick they are, and whether the measurements conform to normal parameters.
An ECG test measures the electrical activity in your heart to ensure the organ and all its constituent parts are functioning within normal parameters. Contact points attached to key areas of your body relay information regarding your heart rate to a monitor screen for assessment.
Blood pressure testing calibrates the force of your blood pushing on the inside of your arteries. A blood pressure cuff on your arm increases the pressure on your arteries to a point where the beating pressure (systolic reading) and resting pressure between beats (diastolic reading) are measurable.
Allergy tests involve making a scratch on the surface of your skin and applying possible allergens to see if you have a reaction It’s a safe way of identifying allergies that you may not be aware of or confirming suspected causes of allergic reactions.
Hormone tests are usually performed as part of your bloodwork and are used to check for levels of hormones and how well they are functioning within your body.
You may not need all the possible tests available, but Dr. Taylor decides which tests are likely to be the most useful and discusses with you the reasons for her recommendations. To make an appointment at Taylor Family Practice, call today or book online.