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In the United States, there are more than 100 diagnostic tests and procedures available for detecting diseases and monitoring their progression. Some tests are invasive, such as a biopsy or endoscopy, whereas others are noninvasive, such as x-rays and ultrasound imaging. Innovations in diagnostics provide access to health information, helping women make informed decisions about their health care at every stage of their lives. Screening and diagnostic testing can lead to earlier detection of disease, improve health outcomes, and contribute toward reducing health disparities among women.

Diagnostics are part of the SWHR Technology Innovations Network.

Program Goals

  • Highlight the importance and value of innovative diagnostics to improve health outcomes for women across the life span and across disease states and conditions
  • Reduce gender bias, advocate for improved access and coverage, and address inequities concerning diagnostic tests for women
  • Develop materials to expand education and raise awareness about advances in diagnostic tests for women, health care providers, and policy stakeholders

Facts about Diagnostics

30 years old

is recommended starting age for yearly breast MRI and mammogram screening for high-risk populations

6 million

women are currently eligible for lung cancer screening and have not been screened


of women ages 40-60 have one or more risk factors for coronary heart disease

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