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FAQ: Lab and Diagnostic Tests

Question: Where can I find information about lab and diagnostic tests?

Answer: There are a number of resources for this information. We suggest the following:

  • 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
  • Select from a list of MedlinePlus health topic pages on Diagnostic Tests for information
  • 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
  • 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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