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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.

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Noninvasive test

References

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. 32nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012.