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December 2009

Best Tests

The role of troponin testing in primary care

Troponins have overtaken the traditional ‘cardiac enzymes’, and can provide valuable information of the likelihood of a myocardial infarct. Although troponins are recognised as having diagnostic advantages over older cardiac enzymes, it is important the test is requested appropriately. View Article

Should we still be measuring urea?

Over recent years the role of urea as a renal function test, has been mostly superseded by creatinine and more recently by the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Despite urea being well recognised as less useful for routine investigation of renal function, there continues to be significant variation in the patterns of testing of urea throughout New Zealand.. View Article

Quiz feedback: Cervical screening

This quiz provides an opportunity to revisit the recent bpac “best tests” that had a key focus on the adoption of liquid based cytology (LBC) and the subsequent introduction of human papillomavirus (HPV) testing. View Article