Running head: ADULT ASSESSMENT TOOLS OR DIAGNOSTIC TESTS 1 Adult Assessment Tools or Diagnostic Tests Heather Bisca Walden University Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning NURS - 6512N Dr. Kirkendol September 15, 2019
ADULT ASSESSMENT TOOLS OR DIAGNOSTIC TESTS 2 Adult Assessment Tools or Diagnostic Tests The purpose of this paper is to discuss how the assessment and diagnostic tool, mammograms, is used in healthcare. It will describe its purpose, how it is conducted, and what information it gathers. It will evaluate the test’s validity and reliability, as well as explain any issues with sensitivity and predictability values. How the Assessment Tool is Used in Healthcare Various organizations suggest regular mammograms should start at age 40. Some organizations disagree and propose the elimination of routine screening altogether. Scientists continue to address a puzzling problem: are mammograms helping women, or hurting them? For many women, the chance to reduce their risk of dying from breast cancer, even by a small amount, with a simple procedure, makes mammography seem worthwhile. In one study, researchers collected data on more than 700,000 women and totaled the money spent on breast cancer in the United States between 2011 and 2013. They found that $4 billion were spent each year on breast cancer care and testing (Sohn, 2015). Mammogram Purpose Mammography is an X-ray imaging of breasts designed to detect tumors and other abnormalities. Mammography can be used for screening or diagnostic purposes in evaluating a breast lump. Screening mammography is used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs, symptoms, or new breast abnormalities. The goal is to detect cancer before clinical signs
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