Ferri’s Best Test: A Practical Guide to Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging, 3e PDF

Ferri's Best Test: A Practical Guide to Clinical Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging, 3e PDF
by Fred F. Ferri MD FACP (Author)

For nearly 25 years, Ferri's concise, pocket-sized resources have served as the go-to medical reference books among students, residents, and other medical professionals. Ferri’s Best Test continues that trend, providing fast, effective, and efficient guidance and helping you review the most important laboratory and imaging testing information, with an added focus on cost-effective decision making.

Quickly access important information with concise, well-organized guidance to the most common lab tests and diagnostic imaging modalities.
Simplify your decision-making process through analysis that describes the most common imaging studies for each organ system, reviewing their indications, advantages, disadvantages, and approximate costs.
Confidently address problematic situations with background data that examines over 384 laboratory tests, describing the normal range of results in adult patients, typical abnormalities (positive tests, increased or decreased values), and the likeliest causes.Select the best test for diagnosing more than 200 common diseases and disorders.
Keep important information at your fingertips with this portable, pocket-sized format that allows for convenient consultation anytime, anywhere.Apply the latest knowledge and techniques with thoroughly updated content.Expand your understanding of the testing process with the help of new algorithms and additional images.Take advantage of a practical, easily accessible format that is organized by clinical laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and diagnostic algorithms for expedited reference and test ordering.Access over 300 laboratory tests and their approximate cost; review new modalities, such as magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS); and see diagnostic algorithms of the most common diseases and disorders.

This book is intended to be a practical and concise guide to clinical laboratory medicine and diagnostic imaging. It is designed for use by medical students, interns, residents, practicing physicians, and other health care personnel who deal with laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging in their daily work.As technology evolves, physicians are faced with a constantly changing armamentarium of diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests to supplement their clinical skills in arriving at a correct diagnosis. In addition, with the advent of managed care it is increasingly important for physicians to practice cost-effective medicine.
The aim of this book is to be a practical reference for ordering tests, whether they are laboratory tests or diagnostic imaging studies. As such it is unique in medical publishing. This manual is divided into three main sections: clinical laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and diagnostic algorithms.Section I deals with common diagnostic imaging tests. Each test is approached with the following format: Indications, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Comments. The approximate cost of each test is also indicated. For the third edition, we have added several new additional diagnostic modalities such as magnetic resonance enterography and intravascular ultrasound.Section II describes more than 300 laboratory tests. Each test is 
approached with the following format:
•  Laboratory test
•  Normal range in adult patients
•  Common abnormalities (e.g., positive test, increased or decreased value)
•  Causes of abnormal result
Section III includes the diagnostic modalities (imaging and laboratory tests) and algorithms of common diseases and disorders.I hope that this unique approach will simplify the diagnostic testing labyrinth and will lead the readers of this manual to choose the best test to complement their clinical skills. However, it is important to remember that laboratory tests and x-rays do not make diagnoses. Doctors do. As such, any laboratory and radiographic results should be integrated with the complete clinical picture to arrive at a diagnosis

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