Do you know what the most crucial step to better health care is? No, not the treatment itself but the correct diagnosis that would save both the time and cost of health care. A correct diagnosis will lead to the right treatment for the patient. Oftentimes, doctors misdiagnose patients which not only causes a delay in disease treatment but also wastes important time and resources, thus, increasing the burden on healthcare costs.
This is where the role of a diagnostician comes into play. He/she is a medical doctor who also happens to have expertise in disease diagnosis. It is important not to confuse it with a specialization as it is not a board-recognized specialization but a supplementary skill that doctors can obtain. However, not every doctor wants to bag this skill but for those who do, it proves to be both challenging and rewarding for them. They have all the resources to provide correct diagnoses and consequently better treatment to their patients.
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To put it simply, he is a medical professional who has the capability to diagnose a disease. However, he is only able to make a correct diagnosis every time after gaining years of experience working in diagnostics. Although, they are doctors they don’t typically work like them. A doctor is always on round duty unlike a diagnostician, he works in a diagnostic area/center within the hospital analyzing tests. One major difference between a regular doctor and a diagnostician is that a regular doctor orders fewer tests while a diagnostician orders more tests and specialized tests so that he can reach a correct conclusion about which disease the patient has. After diagnosis, he can provide treatment and prescribe medication as well.
The main responsibility of a diagnostician is to order, run, analyze, and validate tests or medical procedures to diagnose what condition or disease patients have. In order to do so, he has to follow several steps and these steps are a reflection of what a day in the life of a diagnostician looks like, which are:
If you are thinking diagnosticians’ work is easier than a regular doctor then you couldn’t be more wrong. A lot of logical thinking and reasoning is required in their work as they solve complex medical conditions. Handling the data, analyzing results, maintaining records, following up-to-date procedures/technology, and the pressure of making an accurate diagnosis, all this goes into their work routine. Thus, they are quite good at critical thinking. Their job is usually considered stressful with great responsibility. They often have to work long hours. They usually work in one of the three areas mentioned below: