Health care providers frequently order blood tests, x-rays or additional tests such as CAT scans (Computerized Axial Tomography) or MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) in order to diagnose medical problems. Before the testing occurs be sure to ask:
  • Why are the tests being done?
  • Will the tests be done at an accredited hospital or lab? Hospitals and laboratories are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations which is a national authority. Accreditation means that the hospital or lab has met strict health and safety requirements.
  • How are the tests done?
  • What information will the health care provider learn from the tests?
  • How do you prepare for the tests?
  • Will the tests be uncomfortable?
  • What are the risks associated with the tests?
  • Is there any other way to get the needed information?
  • How will you receive the results of the tests? When your health care provider orders any type of test never assume that no news is good news. Have a plan with your health care provider for obtaining results before the testing begins.

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