The importance of making the right diagnosis

It is the responsibility of GPs to diagnose the cause of their patients’ symptoms or, if in doubt, to expedite referral for specialist investigation.

Taking full, informed advantage of available diagnostic techniques aids in:

  • Confirming diagnosis
  • Reducing incidence of misdiagnosis
  • Enabling differentiation of the normal from the abnormal
  • Reducing unnecessary referrals

… all of which means optimal outcomes for your patients and optimal resource use for your practice.


How does in-house ultrasound help?

 

In-house ultrasound using a small handheld device can contribute to fast, simple answers to specific questions. A recent survey showed that 72% of respondents would like to offer ultrasound technology to enhance their physical examination, yet only 8% of GP practices currently use it.1

Reference
1. Cogora, data on file, 2016.