When you present your doctor with a list of symptoms that are causing concern, your physician will need to narrow down the potential causes of your discomfort. Because similar symptoms can arise from a variety of conditions, an accurate diagnosis is critical for prescribing the appropriate treatment. To achieve this, your primary physician may order diagnostic imaging tests to gain a better view and understanding of what is happening in your body. Read more about the role and importance of medical imaging in disease management below.
Early Disease Detection
Aside from being a useful resource in diagnosing conditions with physical symptoms, x-rays and other types of medical imaging can reveal early signs of asymptomatic diseases. Medical conditions like abnormal tissue growth, internal bleeding, and the enlargement of certain organs can all be detected through diagnostic imaging and are most successfully treated when detected early. Another type of screening or imaging test is the bone density test, a test that is especially important for aging individuals. A bone density test can help your doctor to calculate your risk for osteoporosis, a condition that can cause irreversible damage to the skeletal system.
Ordering Imaging Tests
Depending on your needs and concerns, your doctor will order specific tests that you can then schedule at your convenience. Once you have seen a radiologist for testing, your doctor will review the images in order to detect signs of abnormalities, diagnose your condition, or determine how your body is reacting to treatment. By scheduling regular visits with your doctor, you can increase your chances of detecting disease early on.
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