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Noninvasive

Definition

The term noninvasive can refer to diseases, procedures, or devices:

  • Noninvasive diseases usually do not spread to or damage other organs and tissues.
  • Noninvasive procedures do not involve tools that break the skin or physically enter the body. Examples include x-rays, a standard eye exam, CT scan, MRI, ECG, and Holter monitoring.
  • Noninvasive devices include hearing aids, external splints, and casts.

Noninvasive is the opposite of invasive.


Review Date: 2/17/2011
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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