Diagnostic tests are often required to diagnose and treat diseases seen within all parts of the body. Because of this they are central to virtually every patient pathway in a hospital setting. Organisations are working in partnership to improve diagnostic services for people across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Diagnostics tests may include:
- Diagnostic imaging - which uses a variety of machines and techniques to look at areas of the body and its systems;
- Endoscopy - which is a procedure that allows a doctor to view the inside of a person's body. The majority of endoscopy is used in the oesophagus, stomach, and colon, however doctors can use endoscopy to diagnose diseases which include those of the ear, nose, throat, lung and urinary tract;
- Pathology - which helps to detect disease through a variety of investigative tests on blood, tissues and other body substances;
Interventional Radiology - using imaging technology to carry out medical procedures - is also included in the diagnostic programme.
The Diagnostic programme aims to provide robust and sustainable integrated diagnostics services for the people of Lancashire and South Cumbria, improving quality and efficiency and reducing unwarranted variation in standards of care.
The latest key messages briefing aims to keep stakeholders informed and up to date about the work of the diagnostics programme by regularly providing updates and inviting your comments and views.
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