University of Rhode Island
David H. Van Thiel
Rush University Medical Center
University of Saskatchewan
Journal of Diagnostic Techniques and Biomedical Analysis is a peer reviewed scholarly Journal aims to provide an academic forum for the publication of original research articles and reports on latest advancements and developments in disease diagnosis and medical analysis.
The Journal focuses on widespread dispersal of recent research developments in the medical diagnosis for treating medical abnormalities through different analytical procedures, tests and techniques for the investigation, identification and monitoring the causative agents for illness or disorders.
The topics of interest encompass:
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Disease diagnosis is the laboratory report of the patient not the physical examination. The medical consultant looks for the symptoms and signs of the patients and recommends the tests accordingly. Health-care professionals use symptoms and signs as clues that can help determine the most likely diagnosis when illness is present. Symptoms and signs are also used to compose a listing of the possible diagnoses. This listing is referred to as the differential diagnosis. The differential diagnosis is the basis from which initial tests are ordered to narrow the possible diagnostic options and choose initial treatments.
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Medical condition is a state of illness that means that the symptoms have not risen to the level of disease while disease is a term referred for sickness in which an individual suffer from discomfort in his usual activities or does not feel well.
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It is the procedure or method used for recognize the disease or disorder function or disability. The procedure or method used includes the laboratory tests and the imaging techniques like the Radiology, Ultra sound etc. The laboratory tests include the test relating to diagnosis of infectious agents. In the diagnostic techniques that we use, two different classes can be distinguished: passive techniques (spectroscopy) and active ones. In the former case, the radiation from the plasma is studied. This is a very old technique, and technically relatively simple. Interpretation of the results, however, can be complicated. In the latter case, some interaction with the plasma takes place, for example, a laser beam is pointed at the plasma. This can offer much more direct information about the plasma, but is more demanding on the experimental setup
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Biomedical Informatics is the science underlying the acquisition, maintenance, retrieval, and application of biomedical knowledge and information to improve patient care, medical education, and health sciences research. Biomedical informatics is the interdisciplinary, scientific field that studies and pursues the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making, motivated by efforts to improve human health.
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Laboratory tests are prescribed by the doctor for diagnosis and detection of certain diseases and condition sometimes these tests are just referred for checking the viral load present like in case of Hepatitis B Virus so that the medicines can be administered accordingly to the viral load present in the patients sample.
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It is the physical and psychological examination of the body as prescribed by the health care consultants. The diagnostic tests are generally of two kinds: One is the laboratory tests and the other is the imaging. The laboratory test contains the some part of the body and being tested in the laboratory like blood and tissue etc. The imaging generally used for the suitability of various internal body organs like bones, internal muscles, digestive systems etc. The various techniques used for the testing and imaging like Nuclear resonance imaging, Radiography, Nuclear scan, Radionuclide scan etc.
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A medical device is an instrument, apparatus, implant, in vitro reagent, or similar that is used to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease or other conditions. A medical device is an instrument, apparatus, implant, in vitro reagent, or similar or related article that is used to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease or other conditions, and does not achieve its purposes through chemical action within or on the body. Diagnosis and therapy depend heavily on the use of medical instrumentation. The invention, prototype design, product development, clinical testing, regulatory approval, manufacturing, marketing, and sale of a new medical instrument add up a complex, expensive, and lengthy process.
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Disease monitoring is done by the doctor he or she may monitor or see the improvement or progression of the disease and accordingly suggest or perform the measures to be taken. Treatment can be generally referred to the first aid given to the patient but being more specific treatment is termed as the medical care, medications or injections given intravenously and intramuscularly to improve the health of patients suffering from disease. Prognosis is a prediction of the duration of a disease following its symptom .It also describes the possible outcomes of a disease and the number of times it can be expected to occur. Sometimes the symptoms of a particular patient can be useful for predicting patient's eventual outcome.
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It is a branch of practical chemistry that includes a series of experiments for identification, determination, quantification and purification of a substance, it is also used for separation of the components of a solution or mixture and also for determining structure of chemical compounds.
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Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms-such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Hosts can fight infections using their immune system. Mammalian hosts react to infections with an innate response, often involving inflammation, followed by an adaptive response. While the most common infectious diseases are viruses that cause mild short-term effects, other infectious diseases have the potential to cause longer term or more serious effects.
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Diagnostic microbiology is a specialty in the sciences which focuses on applying microbiology to medical diagnosis. Like other microbiologists, diagnostic microbiologists tend to work in a lab environment which allows them access to a variety of equipment which they can use to identify and study the organisms they encounter. People in this field can work in labs which handle diagnostic testing for hospitals and clinics, and they can also work in research and development, helping to develop new diagnostic techniques and treatments for microbial infection.
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Biomedical science: The application of the principles and natural sciences to medicine. It deals with the bioscience and life science I.e. any branch of the natural science which deals with the structure and behaviour of the living organism. The Biomedical scientists involves in a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
clinical sciences: It is the combination of medicine, biology, chemistry, and experimental science. It's usually involves laboratory work, such as testing, evaluating, detecting and analysing cells, blood or bodily fluids. In general, clinical science is a field that evaluates and investigates medical treatments, principles and methods, using classically designed studies under controlled conditions.
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Analytical methods are the set of techniques that allow us to know qualitatively and quantitatively the composition of any material and chemical state. Analytical methods include spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, raman spectroscopy, chromatography, gas chromatography, surface analysis and various other techniques.
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Radiology is the specialty of medicine that deals with the study and application of imaging technology to diagnose and treat diseases. Radiology uses imaging technologies, such as X-ray radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and positron emission tomography (PET) to see within the human body in order to diagnose disease and abnormalities. Radiology is a key part of clinical practice across a wide range of medical disciplines. Diagnostic radiology helps health care professionals see structures inside your body. Radiological procedures are medically prescribed and should only be conducted by appropriately trained and certified physicians under medically necessary circumstances. Radiologist physicians have four to six years of unique, specific, post–medical school training that includes radiation safety and ensure the optimal performance of radiological procedures and interpretation of medical images.
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An ultrasound scan, also referred to as a sonogram, diagnostic sonography, and Ultrasonography, is a device that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of some part of the inside of the body, such as the stomach, liver, heart, tendons, muscles, joints and blood vessels. Although this limit varies from person to person, it is approximately 20 kilohertz (20,000 hertz) in healthy, young adults. Ultrasound devices operate with frequencies from 20 kHz up to several gigahertz. An instrument called a transducer emits high-frequency sound, inaudible to human ears, and then records the echoes as the sound waves bounce back to determine the size, shape, and consistency of soft tissues and organs. This information is relayed in real time to produce images on a computer screen. Ultrasound technicians, or sonographers, have special training in how to perform the test. Then a radiologist or your doctor will interpret the ultrasound images. This technology can help diagnose and treat certain conditions.
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A biopsy is the removal of a sample of tissue or cells so that they can be examined by a pathologist, usually under a microscope. There are several types of biopsies. Some biopsies involve removing a small amount of tissue with a needle while others involve surgically removing an entire lump or suspected tumor. Biopsies may also be performed using imaging guidance such as ultrasound, x-ray, computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Biopsies are most commonly performed for insight into possible cancerous and inflammatory conditions. After the biopsy is performed, the sample of tissue that was removed from the patient is sent to the pathology laboratory. A pathologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing diseases (such as cancer) by examining tissue under a microscope. The types of biopsies include: Fine needle aspiration biopsy, Core needle biopsy, Vacuum-assisted biopsy, Image-guided biopsy, Surgical biopsy, Bone marrow biopsy etc.
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Chromatography is the collective term for a set of laboratory techniques for the separation of mixtures. Chromatography has many uses. It is commonly used in laboratories to isolate new compounds, analyze subtle differences between different environmental samples, and even in the sequencing of DNA. In any chemical or bioprocessing industry, the need to separate and purify a product from a complex mixture is a necessary and important step in the production line. Today, there exists a wide market of methods in which industries can accomplish these goals. Chromatographic analysis of plasma is an extremely useful diagnostic tool. In this section, we present an example of how chromatography was used to analyze disease profiles.
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Computerized Tomography is a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis. Computerized tomography is more commonly known by its abbreviated names, CT scan or CAT scan. A CT scan is used to define normal and abnormal structures in the body and/or assist in procedures by helping to accurately guide the placement of instruments or treatments. The technique is painless and can provide extremely accurate images of body structures in addition to guiding the radiologist in performing certain procedures, such as biopsies of suspected cancers, removal of internal body fluids for various tests, and the draining of abscesses which are deep in the body. CT is regarded as a moderate- to high-radiation diagnostic technique. The improved resolution of CT has permitted the development of new investigations, which may have advantages; compared to conventional radiography, for example, CT angiography avoids the invasive insertion of a catheter. Today most CT systems are capable of "spiral" (also called "helical") scanning as well as scanning in the formerly more conventional "axial" mode. In addition, many CT systems are capable of imaging multiple slices simultaneously.
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Endoscopy is visual examination of the interior of a hollow body organ by use of an endoscope. Endoscopy is a medical procedure that uses an instrument called an endoscope. The endoscope is put into the body to look inside, and is sometimes used for certain kinds of surgery. It is a nonsurgical procedure used to examine a person's digestive tract. Using an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, your doctor can view pictures of your digestive tract on a color TV monitor. Endoscopes can be passed into the large intestine (colon) through the rectum to examine this area of the intestine. This procedure is called sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy depending on how far up the colon is examined.
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