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Table 1–2lists the general characteristics of useful diagnostic tests. Most of the principles detailed in this section can be applied not only to laboratory and radiologic tests but also to elements of the history and physical examination. An understanding of these characteristics is very helpful to the clinician when ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests.