FAQ: Lab and Diagnostic Tests
We suggest you check these resources for information about lab and diagnostic tests:
- Ask your health care provider about specific lab tests, x-rays, reagents, home test kits, or other diagnostic tests. Ask how the tests are performed, what the results mean, and what the normal range is for the test.
- Look at the MedlinePlus® health topic page for laboratory tests, go to the Diagnostic Tests section to select a specific type of test, or find medical test information in the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.
- Search MEDLINE®/PubMed®, the NLM®; database for biomedical literature, for journal articles about testing for various diseases or conditions.
- Go to Lab Tests Online, developed by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.
- Go to Consumer Lab Testing Information, at the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.
- Contact one of these US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Centers: Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) OR
Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)
- Contact your local pharmacy or grocery store health-beauty aid section for home test kits. If you have a test kit and have questions about it, contact the company that makes the test kit.
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