This is the ability to indentify a medical condition or disease by its symptoms, signs and through various diagnostic procedures including tests. The provider measures the patient’s present condition with what is defined as normal. To do this, the provider will get a medical history of the patient’s illness and perform a physical examination to check for signs of disease. Next, the provider will formulate a hypothesis of potential diagnoses and typically obtain further testing to clarify or confirm the diagnosis before recommending treatment unless they are certain a specific condition is present.
Common medical tests that are done include: measuring blood pressure, checking pulse rate, listening to the patient’s heart with a stethoscope, urine tests, fecal tests, blood tests, saliva tests, medical imaging, electrodcardiogram, hydrogen breath test and sometimes a biopsy.
Once this is done the provider can diagnose the patient. After the diagnosis has been made, the provider is able to explain the prognosis to the patient and propose a management plan, including treatment and follow-up strategies, including tests to monitor the condition and the progress of the treatment.
Most patient consultations are brief, because a number of diseases are obvious, or a particular provider’s experience enables them to diagnose the condition quickly.
All of MMC Providers provide Diagnostic Services.