You may have wondered on many occasions whether the test your doctor has ordered is really necessary. After all, what did doctors do before these tests were available? Weren’t they able to diagnose a condition without having to resort to some test or another? The frequency with which doctors ask us to undergo testing for even the most minor complaint is something that many medical and consumer groups are beginning to question.
While these medical tests serve a legitimate purpose, many tests are administered without being strictly necessary. Here is a list of the five most overused tests.
So how do you tell if the test you have been ordered to take is really necessary? According to the American Board of Internal Medicine, here are some of the procedures that you should question to see if they are really necessary:
Questioning the need for these tests helps you to better understand the risks involved. No test is without a certain element of risk. For example, imaging tests such as x-rays, DEXA and CT scans, for all their advantages, do expose you to harmful radiation. So while they are invaluable in helping doctors make a correct diagnosis, they should be used only when strictly necessary and not as a matter of routine.