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Every year, millions of Americans undergo medical tests and procedures to diagnose acute and chronic medical conditions. These tests and procedures are used to either monitor existing medical conditions or to arrive at an accurate diagnosis for new symptoms. This kind of medical care, primarily focused on determining a diagnosis, is termed “diagnostic care”. The field of diagnostic care extends to the follow-up of test results (such as those performed during an annual check-up), and healthcare services involved in the care and treatment of chronic health conditions.

With diagnostic care encompassing the diagnosis and/or treatment of specific health concerns (acute or chronic), here are circumstances when you should seek medical treatment from an urgent care clinic or other healthcare provider:

  • You have an acute or chronic health concern you want to discuss with a healthcare professional
  • An anomaly was detected during a routine check-up/annual physical that needs to be discussed with a doctor
  • You have chronic or existing health conditions that your physician has been
    providing treatment for

What is the difference between diagnostic and preventive care?

A simple way to differentiate between preventive and diagnostic care is “preventive care” is focused on preventing health issues from becoming a problem in the future, while “diagnostic care” is focused on an immediate diagnosis and treatment of an acute or exiting injury/healthcare concern (also includes the administering of flu shots).

Preventative healthcare involves lab testing, check-ups, and lifestyle/nutrition modifications to meet or maintain a level of physical health based on individual characteristics like age, gender, lifestyle and pre-existing conditions. Diagnostic healthcare involves diagnosing and then treating an acute or chronic condition that is currently being experienced by a patient.

Preventive care focuses on:

  • Routine, annual check-ups
  • Annual wellness visits
  • Immunizations (such as the flu shot)
  • Screening tests

Diagnostic care includes:

  • Lab tests, X-rays, and procedures for specific conditions
  • Diagnosis and treatment of specific health conditions
  • Treatment of chronic health conditions

Some common diagnostic tests include X-Rays, Ultrasounds, biopsy lab testing, CT scans, PET scans and EKGs.

Certain tests and procedures can overlap in both preventative and diagnostic care. For example, a mammogram, cancer screening test, or blood test is often prescribed both in annual check-ups and the diagnosis of a specific acute/chronic condition. When prescribed as a part of the routine check-up with no symptoms being expressed, this type of healthcare usually falls under preventive care. When care is recommended by the physician/healthcare professional based on conditions being expressed, it would often be considered diagnostic care.

What are the diagnostic care tests offered at Integra Urgent Care?

Integra Urgent Care provides urgent care treatment seven days a week in three clinics in the Dallas/Fort Worth area – Las Colinas (Irving), Grand Prairie, and Weatherford. We offer state-of-the-art medical facilities and experienced physicians and medical practitioners dedicated to your health and well-being. At Integra Urgent Care, we serve patients using state of the art technology to ensure optimal treatment plans, and our urgent care clinics specialize in diagnostic care for our patients that includes treating acute injuries, performing X-Rays, suturing wounds, removing foreign body removal, treating abscesses, and more. If needed, we will get you on the road to healing with a splint.

At Integra Urgent Care, we offer the following diagnostic care options for our urgent care patients: digital imaging and radiology services (X-rays), electrocardiogram, flu shots and lab testing.

Diagnostic imaging or radiology services – Diagnostic radiology involves obtaining images of the internal structures of the body to help determine a diagnosis and develop a customized treatment plan. Besides determining diagnosis for patients, radiology also helps in monitoring responses to treatment and screening for various illnesses.

X-Rays – With our in-house X-ray imaging services, we utilize an integrated process that allows our patients and any specialist(s) to see the images online at any time. We can x-ray various parts of the body, including the chest, abdomen, bones, joints, neck, pelvis, skull, sinus, spine, GI tract, etc.

Electrocardiogram – An electrocardiogram test measures the electrical activity in the heart. Alternatively known as an “EKG” or “ECG”, an electrocardiogram is a procedure recommended by a physician if you are experiencing symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness and/or fatigue. This procedure enables the physician to quickly determine the cause(s) of the symptoms and determine the best course of treatment.

An EKG test helps diagnose:

  • Irregular heart beats
  • Potential onset of a heart attack
  • Presence of heart defects
  • Irregularities with the heart’s valves
  • Blocked arteries
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Side effects of medication

As always, if an injury is severe or life-threatening you should call 911 or visit a hospital rather than an urgent care clinic.

Pathology or lab testing services – Integra Urgent Care provides a comprehensive range of pathology and lab testing services. Among the main lab tests conducted at Integra Urgent Care are:

  • Covid-19
  • Drug Screens
  • Metabolic Panels
  • Chemistry Panels
  • Diabetes Screening
  • Blood Counts
  • Other common screens

Blood, urine, stool, and/or serum samples are obtained to conduct these tests based on the advice of a physician.

Flu shots – Integra Urgent Care administers annual flu shots at every one of our clinics each year, so visit us at www.integrauc.com to schedule an appointment at the closest Integra Urgent Care clinic in Las Colinas (Irving), Grand Prairie or Weatherford.

What are the benefits of the Integra Urgent Care diagnostic centers?

Integra Urgent Care operates three walk-in clinics in the Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area providing urgent medical care seven days a week, with extended hours on weekdays. Our medical care facilities offer in-person urgent care treatment and diagnostic care for patients on a walk-in or appointment basis. In addition, our medical team offers telemedicine visits for patients who prefer to see a healthcare professional in the comfort of their own home. Telehealth at Integra Urgent Care offers the following benefits:

  • Convenience (not having to travel to a clinic)
  • Quick turnaround time on test and procedure results
  • Same amazing medical team as in-person visits
  • Premier pathology services
  • Seamless insurance coverage

For more information on our Telemedicine offering or to schedule a Telehealth visit now, visit https://integrauc.video-visits.com/ or call the Integra Urgent Care clinic nearest to you:

  • Las Colinas (Irving):  972.861.5200
  • Grand Prairie: 469.340.1710
  • Weatherford: 817.596.4313

FAQs

What is a diagnostic lab test?
A diagnostic lab test (or procedure) is performed to support the process of making an accurate diagnosis which is imperative to creating a treatment plan to restore health to a patient. Some common diagnostic lab tests include complete blood profiles, lipid panels, metabolic panels and a thyroid-stimulating panels.

What is a diagnostic procedure?
A diagnostic procedure (or test) is conducted to understand the causes of a specific symptom(s), check the functionality of organs and systems, monitor the efficacy of treatments, check anomalies in the body leading to diseases and disorders and/or arrive at an accurate diagnosis.