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DT&PP Rev. Def

TermDefinition
mammography A specialized x-ray of the breast
hemoglobin Anemia: hemmorhage
platelet count Counts the number of platelets
arterial blood gases Determines the amount of O2 and CO2 dissolved in blood
sputum test Diagnose cause of chest infections
blood glucose levels Diagnose metabolic diseases
midstream urine Diagnose urinary tract infections
hematologist Diagnosis, treatment, prevention, investigation of blood and lymphatic system disorders
gastroscopy Esophagus, stomach and small intestine are viewed
partial thromboplastin time Evaluates clotting
pathologist Examines tissue samples; performs autopsies
stress test Exercise ECG
stat/STAT Immediately
electrolytes Includes testing for sodium, potassium, and chloride
radiologist Interprets images of the human body
erythrocyte sedimentation rate Measurement of the settling of RBCs
cardiac enzymes Measures enzymes that can tell if a heart attack has occured`
cholesterol/triglycerides Measures type of fat in blood
glucose tolerance test More detailed to diagnose diabetes
critical values One that indicates a life-threatening situation and requires immediate attention
blood cultures Ordered if a client is suspected of having septicemia
positron emission tomography (PET) Produces three-dimensional images of functioning body parts, such as a beating heart or blood flow
computed tomography (CT) Produces three-dimensional images of cross-sections of body parts
electrocardiography Records the electrical activity of the heart
autopsy The examination of a body to determine the cause of death
reference range The normal range; the values expected for a particular test
bone mineral density test (BMD) Used to check the density of bone in the spine and hip
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Uses a magnetic field to produce images
ERCP Uses an endoscope to visualize the liver and bile ducts
ultrasound Uses high-frequency sound waves
echocardiogram Uses ultrasound waves to evaluate cardiac function
colonoscopy Visual exam of the large intestine
barium enema Visualizes the lower portion of the bowel
barium swallow X-ray of the throat and esophagus
Created by: Jessica Longboat