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Last updated on April 19, 2014 at 17:21 EDT

Medical Inspection

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Medical inspection is a head to toe exam completed by a physician. This inspection can either be for a well-check or for diagnosis. During this exam several techniques, tools and outside resources may be utilized in order to complete. A systematic approach will give the physician more uniform results that will be more useful for diagnosis and monitoring patient health. Common practice of this inspection will also build a better patient knowledge and relationship.

Technique
Providers have many different approaches to the inspection but generally starting at the head and finishing at the extremities will give a more systemic result. The physician will utilize inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation during the inspection to give an outline exam. The areas in which abnormalities are found or risks can be closer looked at through scans, blood tests, biopsies and sample analysis. Those findings coupled with the physical exam can lead to a differential diagnosis and bring the physician closer to the cause of the abnormalities.

General areas of inspection
•    Head
•    Ears
•    Nose
•    Throat
•    Lungs
•    Heart
•    Abdomen
•    Pelvis
•    Extremities/Joint
•    Neuro
•    Mental state

Any abnormal findings should be then addressed with further evaluation that applies to the area. All data should be recorded along with a narrative of the exam and kept in the patient’s medical records.

Medical Inspection