Diagnostic Tests
This page lists a number of different types of tests such as laboratory tests, prenatal testing, radiology exams,  colonoscopy, genetic testing and so forth.  After selecting one, you are then taken to the MedlinePlus page with extensive information, videos, and interactive tutorials about the test -- such as specific conditions, the qualifications of the person doing the test, how to prepare for the test, any possible complications, what the results might mean, and so forth.
This site is "the result of a collaboration of professional societies representing the laboratory community" and is produced by the AACC (American Association for Clinical Chemistry).  If you select a particular lab test, you'll be taken to a series of pages with extensive information such as why it's prescribed, any required preparation, how the test is done, and what the results mean. As an alternative, you can also start by selecting a disease or condition.  You'll be given detailed information about the condition, including symptoms, tests, and treatment.  One other nice feature on the home page is that you can select lists of screening recommendations for various age groups.  Links to other relevant pages at the Lab Tests Online site and on the web in general are also provided. 
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Disclaimer:  The information contained at this website is not intended to replace the care of a primary care physician, specialist, or other professional health care provider.  It is intended solely to complement  that care and is for general informational purposes only.  Any health information found on the Internet should always be discussed with your health care provider.
This page is maintained by the library staff of  Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, a member of the Health Information Library Network of Northeastern Pennsylvania (HILNNEP). 

Last updated: May 20, 2013