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Did you know that there are times when you should seek medical consultation rather than simply going to see your family doctor? There are many diagnostic tests that can be performed to help determine the cause of an illness, and in some cases, it is necessary to see a specialist. By consulting with a specialist, you may get a faster diagnosis and begin treatment sooner. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the reasons you may need to see a specialist for a diagnostic test. 

What is the Role of Diagnostic Tests?

Diagnostic tests are used to check different parts of the body in order to diagnose specific diseases. They also help determine how well an individual is responding  to treatment and what course of action  should be taken next.

 

The medical history, physical exam and medical tests all work together to provide medical professionals with enough information to arrive at a diagnosis. Different medical specialties may use different diagnostic tests. 

 

For example, the medical specialty of pulmonary medicine deals with diseases that affect the respiratory system, while nephrology deals with diseases that affect the kidneys. Medical doctors rely on laboratory testing as well as imaging studies such as X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIs, or PET scans .

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Why Do I Need a Medical Consult For a Diagnostic Test?

A medical consult is a meeting between a patient and their medical professional in order to determine what course of action should be taken next for treatment. A medical consult can take place over a Zoom call or in person depending on the specific circumstances of the patient. 

 

When medical tests are performed, medical professionals make a diagnosis based on test results and medical history. They may be required to contact other medical doctors for further medical consults in order to make a final diagnosis.

 

Doctors can’t always diagnose their patients using medical tests alone. Doctors often rely on the medical history of each patient to help them arrive at an accurate diagnosis. The medical consultation helps determine what course of action should be taken next.

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Conclusion

Medical consultations are an integral part of the diagnostic process. They help doctors understand what course of action to take next, which can range from ordering more tests or prescribing medication. 

 

If you’re interested in learning how medical consultations work and whether they may be right for your healthcare needs, take this simple online quiz. We will review your answers and let you know if telemedicine is a good solution for you.

Ismail Sayeed CEO Medical Director ViOS, Inc.

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Dr. Ismail Sayeed

Dr. Sayeed is the Medical Director of ViOS, Inc. He is a deeply committed physician entrepreneur & medical blog writer. While building the global infrastructure of the VIOS Clinic, he is dedicated to educate people on the potential of specialist telemedicine for managing chronic diseases.

Read more about him in his author bio

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