Diagnostic Tests in Urology: an Introduction
Article first published online: 26 OCT 2012
© 2012 THE AUTHORS. BJU INTERNATIONAL © 2012 BJU INTERNATIONAL
Volume 110, Issue 11c, pages E792–E793, December 2012
How to Cite
Breau, R. H., Scales Jr, C. D., Dahm, P. and on behalf of the International Evidence Based Urology Working Group (2012), Diagnostic Tests in Urology: an Introduction. BJU International, 110: E792–E793. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2012.11449.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 26 OCT 2012
- Accepted for publication 31 May 2012
- diagnostic test;
- evidence-based medicine;
What's known on the subject? and What does the study add?
In our everyday practice as urologists, we often face diagnostic uncertainty that prompts us to perform a range of diagnostic tests to determine the probability that a patient has an underlying condition. Unfortunately, some diagnostic tests do not help us ‘rule in’ our ‘rule out’ a disease. These clinically unhelpful tests are not the best allocation of our healthcare system's resources.
This series will discuss the quality of evidence supporting the use of common diagnostic tests in urology. This discussion represents an important dimension of the decision-making process and appropriate interpretation of these tests. Through this series we hope to improve patient care by encouraging and informing readers to exercise selective application of these diagnostic tests to reduce the burden of rising and ultimately unsustainable healthcare costs.