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Arthritis Diagnosis - Diagnostic Tests for Arthritis - Blood Tests

Your medical history, physical examination, imaging studies, and blood tests help diagnose arthritis, as well as what type of arthritis.
  1. A - Z: Arthritis Symptoms
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  3. A - Z: Types of Arthritis
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Rheumatoid Factor Blood Test
What do rheumatoid factor blood test results tell us? Are they essential for diagnosis?

Sedimentation Rate - What Is It
A sedimentation rate is a blood test which detects nonspecific inflammation. It is often ordered when a doctor suspects arthritis.

Share Your Arthritis Story
Everyone with arthritis has a story about when they were diagnosed, how the disease has affected their life, and how they cope. Share your story.See submissions

CAT Scan - What Is a CAT Scan
A CAT scan is an imaging procedure that uses x-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the body. The images from a CAT scan are useful for diagnosing medical conditions and for therapeutic purposes.

Obtaining Medical Test Results
Obtaining medical test results is a must. If your doctor orders medical tests to diagnose arthritis or monitor your treatment, don't stop short of obtaining medical test results yourself.

What Is Pannus?
Pannus is best described as the thickening of synovial tissue.

Arthrography - What You Need to Know
Arthrography is an imaging technique that utilizes contrast dye so that certain structures of the joints that aren't readily seen on traditional X-rays can be seen. Arthrography helps detect joint damage and problems with surrounding structures.

How is a Thermal Imaging Camera Used to Detect Arthritis?
Thermal imaging cameras are being used to detect arthritis. Though the imaging method is not yet more popular than standard diagnostic methods, thermal imaging cameras may have a place in detecting early arthritis.

Diagnosis of Arthritis
There are many types of arthritis. Appropriate treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis of arthritis.

What Is Synovial Fluid Analysis?
Synovial fluid analysis, also known as joint fluid analysis, can reveal valuable information to your doctor.

Early Diagnosis of Arthritis - Is it Important?
Early diagnosis of arthritis sets the stage for a proper treatment plan. Don't self-treat until you are properly diagnosed.

What Is Joint Effusion?
Joint effusion is related to the abnormal build-up of fluid in a joint.

Tests Detect Kidney Problems
Kidney problems or kidney dysfunction can be determined by specific blood tests or urine tests.

Lab Tests - Test Your Knowledge
Lab tests are valuable diagnostic tools. When used together with the patient's medical history and clinical evidence, a doctor can begin to formulate a diagnosis and treatment plan. Do you know about the different lab tests and what they mean?

Blood Tests for Arthritis
An in-depth report on the blood tests used for evaluating arthritis.

Blood Tests Used To Monitor Arthritis Treatments
Blood tests are used to monitor the effectiveness of arthritis treatments and any problems which may be occurring, such as toxicity.

Do Normal Blood Test Results Rule Out Rheumatic Diseases?
Do blood tests for inflammation that are in normal range rule out rheumatic disease?

Liver Function Tests
Liver function tests are used to detect potential side effects of certain arthritis medications.

What Is an ANA Test (Antinuclear Antibody Test)?
The ANA test (antinuclear antibody test) is a blood test commonly ordered when an autoimmune disease is suspected.

MRI - Is MRI of value in the clinical setting for arthritis patients?
X-rays have long been a useful tool in diagnosing and monitoring arthritis. Are MRI scans becoming a more valuable tool?

What Is Rheumatoid Factor?
All rheumatoid arthritis patients are not positive for rheumatoid factor. The test is just one bit of information used when rheumatoid arthritis is suspected.

What Is CRP (C-Reactive Protein)?
CRP (C-Reactive Protein) is a blood test which indicates acute inflammation.

Which Blood Tests Do Rheumatologists Order?
Blood tests help rheumatologists diagnose and monitor arthritis. Clinical symptoms and imaging studies provide important information as well.

Anti-CCP - What is anti-CCP?
Anti-CCP is used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis.

Comorbid condition - What is a comorbid condition?
What is a comorbid condition? Do most people with arthritis have a comorbid condition? Does it make them harder to treat?

What is the Significance of a Positive Rheumatoid Factor?
When told that they have a positive rheumatoid factor, patients often assume they have developed rheumatoid arthritis. Is that the case?

Is a High Platelet Count Common With Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Platelet counts are often elevated in inflammatory conditions.

POLL: Rheumatoid Factor - Are you seronegative or seropositive?
80% of adults with rheumatoid arthritis test positive for rheumatoid factor (seropositive). What was your result?

What Is Joint Fluid Aspiration?
Joint fluid can be aspirated from a joint, using sterile procedure, and then examined in a laboratory.

What is an Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate? (Sedrate or ESR)
A brief explanation of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate.

Diagnostic Test For Lupus
Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have developed a new diagnostic test for lupus which will improve detection of the autoimmune disease.

What Is C-Reactive Protein?
C-reactive protein is an indicator of inflammation.

Cold stimulation test for Raynauds
This is a test that measures the temperature of each finger after being submerged in an ice-water bath.

Complement
This is a blood test that measures complement activity or the concentration of complement components in serum.

What is the Complete Blood Count (CBC)?
A brief explanation and fast facts about the complete blood count (CBC).

Joint Fluid Culture - What are Joint Fluid Cultures?
A brief explanation and fast facts about joint fluid cultures.

Synovial Fluid Analysis - What is Synovial Fluid Analysis?
A brief explanation and fast facts about synovial fluid analysis.

Serum Creatinine - What is Serum Creatinine?
A brief explanation and fast facts about the serum creatinine test.

Urine Creatinine - What is Urine Creatinine?
A brief explanation and fast facts about the urine creatinine test.

ALP - What is ALP (alkaline phosphatase) isoenzyme?
A brief explanation and fast facts about the alkaline phosphatase isoenzyme test.

Bone scan - What are bone scans?
A brief explanation and fast facts about the bone scan test.

BMD test - What are Bone Mineral Density Tests?
A brief explanation and fast facts about the (BMD)bone mineral density test.

CRP - What is C-reactive protein?
A brief explanation and fast facts about the (CRP) C-reactive protein teset.

ESR - What is ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)?
A brief explanation and fast facts about the ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) test.

X-ray - What are Skeletal X-rays?
A brief explanation and fast facts about skeletal x-rays.

Rheumatoid factor - What is Rheumatoid factor? (RF)
A brief explanation and fast facst about the rheumatoid factor (RF) test.

Hand X-ray
A hand X-ray is an examination involving images of one or both hands.

Pelvis X-ray
A pelvis X-ray is an examination involving images of the bones of the lower torso. The X-ray is used to detect fractures, tumors, or degenerative conditions of bones in the hips, pelvis, and upper legs.

Neck X-ray
The neck X-ray involves the 7 cervical (neck) vertebrae that are separated by flat pads of cartilage which cushion the vertebrae.

Liver Biopsy
In a typical liver biopsy, a needle is inserted through the rib cage or abdominal wall and into the liver to obtain a sample for examination. The procedure can also be performed by inserting a needle into the jugular vein in the neck and passing a catheter through the veins down to the liver to obtain the sample.

Lab Tests Online
A public resource on clinical lab testing from the people who do the testing, Lab Tests Online.

Diagnostic Tests - Harvard
Information on diagnostic tests, from Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide.

How to Review Your Blood Test Results
Laboratory tests are tools helpful in evaluating the health status of an individual. It is important to realize that laboratory results may be outside of the so-called "normal range" for many reasons, from Amarillo Medical Specialists.

Index Of Laboratory Tests
A vast resource of information about common and uncommon laboratory tests, from labcorp.com.

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