Common Laboratory Tests Available

Undergoing a laboratory test is not compulsory for every patient unless your care provider wants to confirm a diagnosis. In most cases, treatment is given depending on the history and symptoms you are presenting with because your care provider can develop a diagnosis through them. However, some cases require you to undergo some tests to confirm the diagnosis to help your care provider determine the best treatment for you. Other tests are also performed to help you know your blood group and rhesus factor. If your care provider has requested you to undergo some lab Humble test, it is advisable that you settle with a facility that will guarantee you accurate and instant results. Highlighted below are examples of laboratory services available.

  •       Complete blood count

Generally, a regular complete blood count is performed to determine the level of ten different blood components of every major cell in the body. Examples of major cells in the body include red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This test measures essential components, including hemoglobin, red blood cell count, and hematocrit. Any abnormal reading in the above components may indicate infection, clotting problems, immune system disorders, nutritional deficiencies, or blood cancer.

  •       Basic metabolic panel

A basic metabolic panel test is often performed to check the levels of eight blood compounds. They include chloride, calcium, creatinine, sodium, glucose, bicarbonate, blood urea nitrogen, and potassium. Some of these tests require you to fast for at least eight hours before blood is collected for testing, but it depends on the instructions given by your care provider and what the test is measuring. Abnormal results may indicate hormone imbalances, kidney disease, or diabetes.

  •       Urinalysis

Urinalysis is usually performed as a general screening test because it is through it that a lot of bodily abnormalities can be detected. It is essential because it helps check early signs of disease in the body. It is also used to monitor kidney disease or diabetes, thus showing if the treatment was effective or not. Urinalysis and examining your urine under a microscope help detect metabolic, urinary tract infections, and kidney disease. Through urinalysis, one can tell the PH of your urine, the amount of protein or sugar in the urine, the number of white or red blood cells in the urine, bacteria, and the concentration of urine and crystal.

  •       Sexually transmitted infection tests

In most cases, sexually transmitted infections are diagnosed using a blood sample. However, the test may be combined with swabs of the infected tissues or urine samples to increase the accuracy of the results. Examples of STIs that can be diagnosed using blood tests include HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, or herpes. Blood tests are not always accurate in determining if you have an STI immediately after contracting the infection.

  •       Coagulation panel

A coagulation test is performed to help determine how long your blood takes to clot and how well it clots. The results of your coagulation test may vary depending on the underlying condition and health. The results also help diagnose excessive bleeding, leukemia, liver conditions, thrombosis, or vitamin K deficiency.

Are you required to undergo some laboratory tests, and do you not know where to begin? Calvary Urgent Care offers various laboratory tests to help detect any abnormality in the body that might be causing certain conditions. Call or visit their offices today for more information.

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