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Ferri's Best Test Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 2nd Edition
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource®

Ferri's Best Test Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 2nd Edition

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Written by Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP, author of many best-selling books for primary care practice, Ferri’s Best Test, 2nd Edition, equips you to quickly choose the most efficient and cost-effective diagnostic approach, including imaging or lab tests. Updates throughout, including more than 180 new tests...additional diagnostic modalities...and new algorithms...make this unique and user-friendly reference a must for determining which diagnostic tests to order. A portable, pocket-sized format allows for convenient consultation anytime, anywhere.
  • Offers concise, well-organized guidance to the most common lab tests and diagnostic imaging modalities, all in one single resource, that makes reference remarkably fast and easy.
  • Describes the most common imaging studies for each organ system, reviewing their indications, advantages, disadvantages, and approximate costs to simplify your decision-making process.
  • 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.
  • Explores 231 common diseases and disorders, providing algorithms to help you select the single best test for diagnosing each condition.
  • Features a portable, pocket-sized format that allows for convenient consultation anytime, anywhere.
  • Features 184 new tests in an expanded laboratory test section; 8 additional diagnostic radiological modalities, including computed tomographic colonography, video capsule endoscopy, and intravascular ultrasonography; and 30 new algorithms in an expanded algorithm section, to provide you with the latest options for obtaining optimal diagnostic outcomes.
  • Includes IU units added to all laboratory tests, to make the guidance more useful to clinicians practicing outside of the US.
SECTION I Diagnostic imaging

A. Abdominal/GI imaging


1. Abdominal film, plain (kidney, ureter, and bladder [KUB])
2. Barium enema
3. Barium swallow (esophagram)
4. Upper GI series (UGI)
5. Computed tomographic colonoscopy (CTC, Virtual colonoscopy)
6. CT of abdomen/pelvis
7. Helical or spiral CT of abdomen/pelvis
8. Hepatobiliary (iminodiacetic acid [IDA]) scan
9. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
10. Percutaneous biliary procedures
11. Magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRCP)
12. Meckel scan (TC-99m pertechnetate scintigraphy)
13. MRI of abdomen
14. Small-bowel series
15. Tc99m sulfur colloid scintigraphy (Tc99mSC) for GI bleeding
16. Tc-99m-labeled RBC scintigraphy for GI bleeding
17. Ultrasound of abdomen
18. Ultrasound of appendix
19. Ultrasound of gallbladder and bile ducts
20. Ultrasound of liver
21. Ultrasound of pancreas
22. Ultrasound of spleen
23. Video capsule endoscopy (VCE)

B. Breast imaging

1. Mammogram
2. Breast ultrasound
3. Magnetic resonance imaging of breast

C. Cardiac imaging

1. Stress echocardiography
2. Cardiovascular radionuclide imaging (Thallium, Sestamibi, Dipyridamole [Persantine] scan)
3. Cardiac MRI (CMR)
4. Multidetector computed tomography
5. Trans-esophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
6. Trans-thoracic echocardiography

D. Chest imaging

1. Chest x-ray
2. CT of chest
3. Helical (Spiral) CT of chest
4. MRI of chest

E. Endocrine imaging

1. Adrenal medullary scintigraphy (meta-iodobenzylguanidine [MIBG] scan)
2. Parathyroid scan
3. Thyroid scan
4. Thyroid ultrasound

F. Genitourinary imaging

1. Obstetrical ultrasound
2. Pelvic ultrasound
3. Prostate ultrasound
4. Renal ultrasound
5. Scrotal ultrasound
6. Transvaginal (endovaginal) ultrasound
7. Urinary bladder ultrasound
8. Hysterosalpingography (HSG)
9. Intravenous pyelography (IVP) and retrograde pyelography

G. Musculoskeletal and spinal cord imaging

1. Plain x-ray films of skeletal system
2. Bone densitometry (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry [DEXA] scan)
3. MRI of spine
4. MRI of shoulder
5. MRI of hip
6. MRI of pelvis
7. MRI of knee
8. CT of spinal cord
9. Arthrography
10. CT myelography
11. Nuclear imaging (Bone scan, Gallium scan, WBC scan)

H. Neuroimaging of brain

1. CT of brain
2. MRI of brain

I. Positron emission tomography (PET)

J. Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)

K. Vascular imaging


1. Angiography
2. Aorta ultrasound
3. Arterial ultrasound
4. Captopril renal scan (CRS)
5. Carotid ultrasonography
6. Computed tomographic angiography (CTA)
7. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
8. Magnetic resonance direct thrombus imaging (MRDTI)
9. Pulmonary angiography
10. Transcranial Doppler
11. Venography
12. Venous Doppler ultrasound
13. Ventilation/perfusion lung scan (V/Q Scan)

L. Oncology

1. Whole body integrated (dual modality) positron emission tomography (PET) and CT (PET/CT)
2. Whole body MRI

SECTION II Laboratory values and interpretation of results

ACE level * Acetone (serum and plasma) * Acetylcholine receptor (AchR) antibody * Acid phosphatase * Acid serum test * Activated clotting time (ACT) * Activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) * Adrenocorticotropic hormone * Alanine aminopeptidase * Alanine aminotransferase * Albumin (serum) * Alcohol dehydrogenase * Aldolase (serum) * Aldosterone (plasma) * Alkaline phosphatase (serum) * Alpha-1-antitrypsin (serum) * Alpha-1-fetoprotein (serum) * ALT * Aluminum (serum) * AMA * Amebiasis serological test * Aminolev
Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

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