Diagnostic tests help physicians determine the probability of disease for their patients. Physicians order diagnostic tests to answer a specific question or to make a diagnosis.
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An EMG/NCV Test is a diagnostic test that your doctor may order to assist in obtaining additional information in making the right diagnosis regarding your medical condition.
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An EMG/NCV Test is a diagnostic test that your doctor may order to assist in obtaining additional information in making the right diagnosis regarding your medical condition. The test has two components, the Nerve Conduction Test (NCV), and the needle examination, or Electromyogram (EMG). An EMG is a test that checks the response of muscles to messages sent by the nerves.
Patients that require a nerve test (NCV/EMG) are those that complain of neck or back radiating pain in the arm or legs, muscle weakness, or involuntary twitching of muscles. Patients that complain of burning pain in the feet and hands, or fatigue with minimal exertion are excellent candidates for the test. Patients that have neck pain, hand or arm numbness or tingling are usually referred for the test.
Diagnostic Ultrasound involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound images are captured in real-time, which show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. This noninvasive medical test helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions such as tendon tears, abnormalities of the muscles, bleeding or other fluid collections within the muscles, small benign and malignant soft tissue tumors.
Electrocardiograms (EKG) and Echocardiograms (ECHO) are distinct and complementary diagnostic tests to diagnose and treat many health issues. During an EKG, small electrodes are attached to a patient’s arms, legs and chest to record the electrical activity in the heart. The test can detect heart rhythms that are either too fast or too slow, as well as arrhythmia and conditions like cardiomyopathy. An EKG machine graphs the electrical impulses of the heart to diagnose the presence of cardiovascular disease.
An ECHO machine takes an ultrasound of the heart by measuring the reverberated sound waves as they bounce off of the structure of the heart muscle to get a real-time view of the heart. An ECHO test can also detect enlargement of the heart, abnormal septal motion, and various other structural disorders.
- To establish a diagnosis in symptomatic patients
- To screen for disease in asymptomatic patients
- To provide prognostic information in patients with established disease
- To monitor therapy by either benefits or side effects
- To confirm that a person is disease free