Statistics in the pathology laboratory: characteristics of diagnostic tests

Pathology. 2001 Feb;33(1):93-5. doi: 10.1080/00313020120034966.


Sensitivity, specificity and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves all provide information about the ability of a diagnostic test to provide useful information in the assessment of disease. They are discussed in this review along with the importance of estimates of precision.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Pathology, Clinical / methods*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • ROC Curve
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Statistics as Topic / methods*