Information about Diagnostic Tests

What is a Medical Diagnostic Test?

A Diagnostic Test is a device or substance which medical professionals use in order to analyse or detect a disease or medical condition you may be suffering from. These tests are a great way to find out about a medical condition before it has time to develop into a serious problem.

What types of Medical Diagnostic Tests are available?

There are a broad range of diagnostic tests that your GP or Consultant may recommend in order to help them make as accurate a diagnosis as possible. They can be placed into two key areas which are listed below:

Diagnostic Scans, which includes tests like X-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, mammography and ultrasound
Blood Tests and Investigations, which can be used to diagnose allergic reactions, tests for vitamin deficiency, hormone tests for fertility planning and cancer tests to help diagnosis and treatment.

As a good example, if your consultant believes you may have coeliac disease, they may initially use blood tests. Then, in order to confirm the diagnosis a biopsy may be required. In this instance a combination of diagnostic testing has been used to obtain a diagnosis.

Are Medical Diagnostic Tests uncomfortable?

Most of them are non-invasive. This means that advanced technological equipment is used which  is capable of creating pictures or images of the inside of the body without actually going inside the body. Because of this there is generally no physical pain and they can be performed relatively easily.
Certain diagnostic tests require medical devices to physically enter the body to identify a potential medical issue. They may even need to remove tissue or cells for further investigation. The instruments used can be very small and relatively pain free. To clarify if you need this type of test there is usually an option to be medicated or sedated.

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Are scans, blood tests and x-rays covered under my Private Medical Insurance?

You will have cover for diagnostic testing if you have a Health Insurance policy in the UK. However, if you have chosen a reduced out-patient cover policy, there may be an annual monetary limit applicable. Importantly, you should pre-authorise your treatment before having it done to ensure it is eligible for cover.

If you would like to know what cover for diagnostic tests you have available under your current Private Medical Insurance Policy,  or you would like to know more about taking out a Private Medical Insurance Policy, please get in touch.

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