Lab tests are used as medical devices on urine, blood, and other substances or tissues from your patient’s body to help diagnose diseases or other medical conditions. Doctors use the information from these tests to identify symptoms or changes in a patient’s health. These tests also aid or diagnose a condition or disease and allow doctors to plan treatment. Lab tests will show how to respond to treatment and will enable a disease to be monitored over time.
The blood samples are generally sent to a health laboratory for results. MCI Diagnostic Center is a health laboratory offering timely turn-arounds on lab results. STAT testing is available to get the fastest possible turn-around times if you have a patient needing immediate answers. These are four routine lab tests done on blood samples routinely recommended in the medical field, including:
- Chemistry panel
- Thyroid panel
- Complete blood count
- Nutrient level test
These tests are recommended at least once a year, typically during an annual physical, for these primary reasons:
- Patients are experiencing persistent or unusual symptoms
- You want to reduce your patient’s risk of complications or contraction of a disease
- You want to optimize your patient’s health
You may have patients who would also benefit from lab tests showing enzyme markers or checking for STD (sexually transmitted disease) if they share they have had more than one partner or a new partner.
Health Laboratory and the Chemistry Panel
The lab test or chemistry panel measures various chemicals in blood and tells whether or not a person’s body is working correctly. A blood chemistry test will assess glucose, phosphorus, and calcium levels in a sample at the health laboratory. This test can also measure potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, and sodium electrolytes.
Health laboratory results differ among the various labs in relation to their ‘reference ranges.’ Typically lab results will show the normal range and highlight if the test shows anything outside this range.
Health Laboratory and the Thyroid Panel
Checking for thyroid disease is much like other medical evaluations. Doctors look at the patient’s medical history and examine the thyroid. Blood tests and other diagnostic tests are conducted to evaluate the condition. According to the CDC, two blood tests will determine thyroid function. One test will measure the thyroid hormone or T4, and the other measures thyrotropin or TSH. Thyrotropin is a hormone secreted from your patient’s pituitary gland and controls the number of hormones the thyroid is making.
Health Laboratory and the Complete Blood Count
A complete blood count is able to discover a wide range of disorders, such as vitamin deficiencies or leukemia. The CDC strongly recommends this test for refugees and ethnicities of all ages. Studies show anemia is often detected in newly arrived populations. The health laboratory will conduct the complete blood count test to measure various components in your patient’s blood, including:
- White blood cell levels
- Red blood cell levels
If there are abnormal decreases or increases in these cell counts, it can indicate a serious underlying medical condition.
Health Laboratory and the Nutrient Level Test
A person’s body needs the proper amount of minerals and vitamins in order to function properly. A health laboratory can perform a nutrient level test to diagnose if your patient has a deficiency. If a deficient is found, it is then possible to recommend proper supplements to improve the patient’s health.
MCI Diagnostic Center offers you expert laboratory services in a wide range of areas. We are committed to meeting or exceeding your needs and will provide you unsurpassed quality in all lab testing and results. We will provide quality work using the highest standards as we strive for excellence in all our services.