Ferri's Best Test - 2nd Edition

Ferri's Best Test

2nd Edition

A Practical Guide to Laboratory Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging

Authors: Fred Ferri
Imprint: Mosby

Table of Contents

SECTION I Diagnostic imaging

A. Abdominal/GI imaging

1. Abdominal film, plain (kidney, ureter, and bladder [KUB])
2. Barium enema
3. Barium swallow (esophagram)
4. Upper GI series (UGI)
5. Computed tomographic colonoscopy (CTC, Virtual colonoscopy)
6. CT of abdomen/pelvis
7. Helical or spiral CT of abdomen/pelvis
8. Hepatobiliary (iminodiacetic acid [IDA]) scan
9. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
10. Percutaneous biliary procedures
11. Magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRCP)
12. Meckel scan (TC-99m pertechnetate scintigraphy)
13. MRI of abdomen
14. Small-bowel series
15. Tc99m sulfur colloid scintigraphy (Tc99mSC) for GI bleeding
16. Tc-99m-labeled RBC scintigraphy for GI bleeding
17. Ultrasound of abdomen
18. Ultrasound of appendix
19. Ultrasound of gallbladder and bile ducts
20. Ultrasound of liver
21. Ultrasound of pancreas
22. Ultrasound of spleen
23. Video capsule endoscopy (VCE)

B. Breast imaging

1. Mammogram
2. Breast ultrasound
3. Magnetic resonance imaging of breast

C. Cardiac imaging

1. Stress echocardiography
2. Cardiovascular radionuclide imaging (Thallium, Sestamibi, Dipyridamole [Persantine] scan)
3. Cardiac MRI (CMR)
4. Multidetector computed tomography
5. Trans-esophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
6. Trans-thoracic echocardiography

D. Chest imaging

1. Chest x-ray
2. CT of chest
3. Helical (Spiral) CT of chest
4. MRI of chest

E. Endocrine imaging

1. Adrenal medullary scintigraphy (meta-iodobenzylguanidine [MIBG] scan)
2. Parathyroid scan
3. Thyroid scan
4. Thyroid ultrasound

F. Genitourinary imaging

1. Obstetrical ultrasound
2. Pelvic ultrasound
3. Prostate ultrasound
4. Renal ultrasound
5. Scrotal ultrasound
6. Transvaginal (endov


Written by Fred F. Ferri, MD, FACP, author of many best-selling books for primary care practice, Ferri’s Best Test, 2nd Edition, equips you to quickly choose the most efficient and cost-effective diagnostic approach, including imaging or lab tests. Updates throughout, including more than 180 new tests...additional diagnostic modalities...and new algorithms...make this unique and user-friendly reference a must for determining which diagnostic tests to order. A portable, pocket-sized format allows for convenient consultation anytime, anywhere.

Key Features

  • Offers concise, well-organized guidance to the most common lab tests and diagnostic imaging modalities, all in one single resource, that makes reference remarkably fast and easy.
  • Describes the most common imaging studies for each organ system, reviewing their indications, advantages, disadvantages, and approximate costs to simplify your decision-making process.
  • Examines over 384 laboratory tests, describing the normal range of results in adult patients, typical abnormalities (positive tests, increased or decreased values), and the likeliest causes.
  • Explores 231 common diseases and disorders, providing algorithms to help you select the single best test for diagnosing each condition.
  • Features a portable, pocket-sized format that allows for convenient consultation anytime, anywhere.


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About the Authors

Fred Ferri Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island