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Noninvasive


Definition

The term noninvasive can refer to diseases or procedures:

  • Noninvasive diseases usually do not spread to other organs and tissues or damage them.
  • 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 , hearing aid, Holter monitor , external splints , and casts .

Noninvasive is the opposite of invasive .

Update Date: 5/6/2003

David Webner, M.D., Department of Family Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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