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FAQ: Lab and Diagnostic Tests

Question: Where can I find information about lab or diagnostic tests?


Ask your health care provider about specific lab tests, x-rays or other diagnostic tests. Ask how the tests are performed, what the results mean, and what the normal range is for the test.

Look at the MedlinePlus® health topic page for laboratory tests at

Find Medical test information in the A.D.A.M Medical Encyclopedia at  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/encyclopedia.html

Look at the list of health topic pages about other Diagnostic Tests at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/diagnostictests.html

Search MEDLINE/PubMed, the NLM database for biomedical literature, for journal articles about testing for various diseases or conditions at http://pubmed.gov

Go to Lab Tests Online, developed by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, at http://labtestsonline.org/

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