Ch 21: Medical Terms for Diagnostic Exams

About This Chapter

Use the engaging lessons in this online chapter to improve your understanding of medical terms for diagnostic exams. Short quizzes accompanying the lessons test your comprehension and ensure you're ready to take an exam or complete an assignment that covers this subject.

Medical Terms for Diagnostic Exams - Chapter Summary

Learn all about medical terms used for diagnostic exams by reviewing this chapter's fun lessons. Developed by top instructors, the lessons ensure you fully understand terminology for physical and chemical blood tests, urinalysis, vital signs and much more. Navigate the lessons in your sequence of choice, and visit them as many times as you'd like. If you hit a snag or need additional information about lesson topics, don't hesitate to send questions to our experts. Multiple-choice quizzes and a practice exam can assess your knowledge of the lessons. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Discuss basic terminology for vital signs
  • List basic terms for the systemic exam
  • Define terminology for medical instruments
  • Describe basic physical exam terminology for abnormal sounds
  • Share vocabulary for important physical exam positions
  • Identify terms for blood count tests, physical blood tests and chemical blood tests
  • Define terminology for urinalysis

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: Medical Terms for Diagnostic Exams
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Vital Signs: Basic Physical Exam Terminology

1. Vital Signs: Basic Physical Exam Terminology

This lesson will cover the terms that are most commonly associated with taking vital signs as part of a basic physical exam. We will look at the normal ranges for vital signs and discuss the terms for abnormal vital signs.

Systemic Exam: Basic Physical Exam Terminology

2. Systemic Exam: Basic Physical Exam Terminology

In this lesson, we will look at the various parts of the assessment portion of the basic physical exam, including the way in which the assessment is done and what the doctor is looking for.

Medical Instruments: Basic Physical Exam Terminology

3. Medical Instruments: Basic Physical Exam Terminology

This lesson is going to introduce the instruments that are used by the doctor during a basic physical exam. We will look at how and where the instruments are used.

Abnormal Sounds: Basic Physical Exam Terminology

4. Abnormal Sounds: Basic Physical Exam Terminology

We are going to discuss the different abnormal sounds that may be observed when doing a basic physical exam and what they may tell the doctor is going on in the body.

Important Physical Exam Positions & Vocabulary

5. Important Physical Exam Positions & Vocabulary

Did you know that when the doctor asks you to lie down on a table in a certain way, there's actually a name for the position you are taking? This lesson covers the names of some of these basic positions.

Blood Count Test Terminology

6. Blood Count Test Terminology

We are going to discuss how healthcare professionals get counts of the various types of cells in blood. We will cover normal ranges and the names used when the counts are not normal.

Physical Blood Tests: Terminology

7. Physical Blood Tests: Terminology

This lesson is going to cover the physical properties of blood that are tested. We will look at the normal ranges and find out what abnormal test results may indicate.

Chemical Blood Tests: Terminology

8. Chemical Blood Tests: Terminology

This lesson addresses the various tests that are done to check the chemical composition of blood. We will become familiar with the normal ranges and learn what abnormal ranges could indicate for a patient.

Terminology of Urinalysis

9. Terminology of Urinalysis

This lesson will cover terms related to urinalysis, including: urinary pH, specific gravity, albuminuria, proteinuria, glycosuria, creatinuria, bacteriuria, and others. Be sure to test your new knowledge with a quick quiz after watching the video.

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