What Are Diagnostic Tests?


Ease your mind by understanding how this helps in your healthcare journey.

October 3, 2022

Words you don’t like to hear from your doctor: “Let’s run some tests.” It can be nerve-racking. Understanding the meaning behind your doctor’s words can help relieve some stress with your upcoming test. And if something’s changed with your current health, it’s best to get it checked. 


Typically, your doctor is referring to a diagnostic test, sometimes known also as a diagnostic procedure or tool. These are commonly used to confirm or rule out a condition or disease. They’re part of a continuum of care that can include screening, diagnosis, treatment and management of that condition or disease. 


Getting results from these tests allows both your doctor and you and the important people in your life to learn information about your body. This will allow the two of you to make an informed decision on what the next steps should be.  


There are two different types of diagnostic tests you could receive, either invasive or non-invasive

Invasive diagnostic tests involve puncturing the skin or entering the body. Examples include:  blood sample, biopsy, colonoscopy
Non-invasive diagnostic tests don’t involve making a break in the skin. Some examples:  COVID-19 swab test, bronchitis test, saliva sample

With any test comes the unknown, but receiving a diagnostic test can help bring you one step closer to a diagnosis.  

Disclaimer: This content is provided for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute providing medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice should consult with a licensed physician. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified health provider regarding a medical condition.