Ferri's Best Test Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 3rd Edition
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.
SECTION I Diagnostic imaging A. Abdominal and Gastrointestinal (GI) imaging 1. Abdominal film, plain (kidney, ureter, and bladder [KUB]) 2. Barium enema (BE) 3. Barium swallow (esophagram) 4. Upper GI (UGI) series 5. Computed tomographic colonography (CTC, virtual colonoscopy) 6. CT scan of abdomen and pelvis 7. Magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) 8. Hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid (HIDA) scan 9. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) 10. Percutaneous biliary procedures 11. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) 12. Meckel scan (TC-99m pertechnetate scintigraphy) 13. MRI scan of abdomen 14. Small-bowel series 15. TC-99m sulfur colloid (TC-99m SC) scintigraphy for GI bleeding 16. TC-99m-labeled red blood cell (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. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) 23. Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) B. Breast imaging 1. Mammogram 2. Breast ultrasound 3. MRI of the breast C. Cardiac imaging 1. Stress echocardiography 2. Cardiovascular radionuclide imaging (thallium, sestamibi, dipyridamole [Persantine] scan) 3. Cardiac MRI (CMR) 4. Multidetector CT scan 5. Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) 6. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)
7. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) D. Chest imaging 1. Chest radiograph 2. CT scan of chest 3. MRI scan of chest E. Endocrine imaging 1. Adrenal medullary scintigraphy (metaiodobenzylguanidine [MIBG] scan) 2. Parathyroid (PTH) scan 3. Thyroid scan (radioiodine uptake study) 4. Thyroid ultrasound F. Genitourinary imaging 1. Obstetric 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 scan of spine 4. MRI scan of shoulder 5. MRI scan of hip and extremities 6. MRI scan of pelvis 7. MRI scan of knee 8. CT scan of spinal cord 9. Arthrography 10. CT myelography 11. Nuclear imaging (bone scan, gallium scan, white blood cell [WBC] scan) H. Neuroimaging of brain 1. CT scan of brain 2. MRI scan 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. Compression ultrasonography and venous Doppler ultrasound 13. Ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) lung scan L. Oncology 1. Whole-body integrated (dual-modality) PET-CT 2. Whole-body MRI SECTION II Laboratory values and interpretation of results
Acetone (serum or plasma)
Acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibody
Acid phosphatase (serum)
Acid serum test
Activated clotting time (ACT)
Activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT)
Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT, formerly serum glutamic-pyruvic transaminase [SGPT])
Alkaline phosphatase (serum)
Amebiasis serological test
Aminolevulinic acid (d-ALA) (24-hour urine collection)
Amyloid A protein (serum)
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) level
Anticardiolipin antibody (ACA)
Anti-globin test, direct
Antiglomerular basement antibody
Antimitochondrial antibody (AMA)
Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)
Antinuclear antibody (ANA)
Anti-Smith (anti-Sm) antibody
Anti-Smooth muscle antibody
Antistreptolysin O titer (streptozyme, ASLO titer)
Apolipoprotein A-I (Apo A-I)
Apolipoprotein B (Apo B)
Arterial blood gases
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST, serum glutamic oxalocetic transaminase[SGOT])
Atrial natriuretic hormone (ANH)
Bile acid breath test
Bilirubin, direct (conjugated bilirubin)
Bilirubin, indirect (unconjugated bilirubin)
Bladder tumor–associated antigen
Bleeding time (modified IVY method)
Blood volume, total
Bordetella pertussis serology
Breath hydrogen test
B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP)
Cancer antigen 15-3 (CA 15-3)
Cancer antigen 27-29 (CA 27-29)
Cancer antigen 72-4 (CA 72-4)
Cancer antigen 125 (CA-125)
Captopril stimulation test
Carbohydrate antigen 19-9
Carbon dioxide, partial pressure
Cardiac markers (serum)
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)
CD4 T-lymphocyte count (CD4 T-cells)
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
Chlamydia group antibody serologic test
Chlamydia trachomatis polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor, The Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island