Diagnostic test

  • Nuclear Medicine: is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases. Includes contrast agents. PET and PET/CT are covered using the drug 18-fludeoxyglucose. Also comprises PET and SPECT scans.
  • Radiodiagnosis/Imaging Diagnosis: Comprises standard diagnostic techniques including contrast agents (ultrasound, x-rays, mammograms).
  • Genetic Studies: comprises only those necessary for diagnosis and/or prescription of treatment of affected and symptomatic patients who also have high diagnostic yield.
  • Colonoscopy: is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the inside of the colon.
  • Gastroscopy (gastrointestinal endoscopy): is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is used to look inside the oesophagus (gullet), stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum).
  • Biopsy: is a procedure that removes a small amount of tissue for examination in a laboratory. Biopsies are done to diagnose many diseases. Includes Skin biopsy, Fine-needle aspiration and Core needle biopsy.
  • Electromyography (EMG): analyze nerve and muscle electrical activity. Some types of electrical activity are normal, whereas some patterns of electrical activity suggest a disease of nerves or muscles.

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