Understanding Medical Terminology

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When it comes to working in the medical field it is important to understand all the terminology that comes to the procedures and tests. Some of them are easy to remember with simple abbreviations, then there are others that require that the full name be used do describe what has taken place. When it comes to the musculoskeletal, eyes, ears, skin, lymphatic, and endocrine systems they all have very unique names and abbreviations so that the chart tells a story of what has happened to the patient. As we read further I will explain different things that can take place while each of the systems listed so that we can better understand some of the procedures and test that take place. The musculoskeletal system includes the bones, muscles,…show more content…
Some of the laboratory test that are used are the antinuclear antibody test or ANA this test detects an antibody present in serum of the patients with systemic lupus ertrhematosus or SLE and other autoimmune disease. So if one was looking in a patient 's chart and sees that ANA is in the file the medical professional will understand and know that the antinuclear antibody test has been performed on the patient. Even though there are other medical terms that have the abbreviations that are ANA a medical professional needs to understand the difference, and know how to read the right terms with abbreviations. There are other procedures that are included such as rheumatoid factor test or RF, this is also where serum is tested for the presence of an antibody found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Now that we have gone over some of the laboratory test now let us look into some of the clinical procedures. Arthrocentesis is a clinical procedure where a surgical puncture is made to remove fluid from the joint space, this procedure is performed so that synovial fluid can be removed for analysis. Another procedure that can be performed that has a lot of other procedures that can…show more content…
Some of the procedures that a can be preformed for the eyes are the fluorescein angiography, this is where intravenous injection of fluorescein or dye followed by a serial photographs of the retina through dilated pupils. Some of these procedures may sound complicated by I know that the visual field test is a common procedure for a patient that is getting an annual eye exam. What this procedure does is there is a measurement of the area within which objects are seen when the eyes are fixed, looking straight ahead without movement of the head. There are a limited amount of procedures that are listed for patients with eye problems, and only a select few tests that can all occur all of which are equally important. Same goes for the ears there are only a few clinical procedures and small tests that can be performed to make sure that a patient can hear clearly. For this the common procedure that is done it the audiometry this is where the medical professional with have the patient put on a headset and listen for different levels of sound and indicate from which side it occurred in. Another form of hearing testing is done with a tuning fork test, this is a test of ear conduction using a vibration source which is the tuning fork. ENT specialists don 't work with just one specific area so when charting or working in there profession they must understand a wide
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