FIRST DIAGNOSTIC TEST
An indicator of the first major CLINICAL INTERVENTION for the diagnosis of cancer. This is the test that moves the level of suspicion of cancer from "possible or probable (based on history, clinical examination or blood count) to "highly probable or certain". It does not refer to the first intervention undergone, prior to referral to hospital, such as a blood count, chest x-ray or blood tests of liver function.
|a.||first diagnostic test|
|b.||not first diagnostic test|
References: The NHS National Cancer Waiting Times, DH, DSCN 22/2002.
This attribute is also known by these names:
|plural||FIRST DIAGNOSTIC TESTS|