Inform yourself of the latest health equipment and innovations because your doctor may not be accessible or even as informed as you are.
My own lymphedema was not diagnosed until I took the initiative of planning a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Informed patients are healthier and more active in their own treatment and proactive health. Requesting the latest tests is your right as a patient and will likely reap more benefits if you are informed and concise in your speaking style. You are your own best advocate.