Screenings & Diagnostics

Throughout your life, you likely have had some screenings and tests done by a laboratory. Your doctor may choose several of these. Here are just a selection of the more common ones.

Why Have Screenings & Diagnostics?

Your doctor will likely want to schedule some screenings and diagnostic tests, even when you’re feeling totally fine. This is to make sure everything is working as it should be. Other times, tests will be scheduled to help diagnosis a condition.

Know Your Numbers

Through screening and diagnostics, there are some results that you should know. These results are to help you ensure your heart stays as healthy as possible. The numbers you should know are:

  • Total cholesterol
  • LDL, commonly called the "bad'' cholesterol
  • HDL, commonly called the "good'' cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Blood pressure
  • Fasting glucose
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Waist circumference

Talk to your doctor about your optimal numbers in each of these categories.

Common Screenings & Diagnostics

These are among some of the more common screenings and diagnostics your doctor may want you to see your laboratory for:

General Chemistry

General chemistry diagnostics look at several chemicals and how much of them are in your body. Some of the screenings found under general chemistry include:

  • Blood-glucose
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Total Protein
  • Lipid Panels, which includes cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL

General Hematology

The main screening under general hematology is the Complete Blood Count, or CBC. The CBC checks several factors within your blood and helps determine overall health.

Throat Culture

Your doctor may order a throat culture if you have a sore throat. Typically using a cotton swab, the doctor or nurse will collect a sample of saliva from the back of your throat to check for bacteria, such as strep.

Urine Tests

Your kidneys filter your blood. That means any toxins in your blood will show up in your urine. A urine test is a good way to determine the health of your kidneys.

Special Chemistry

Special chemistry are tests which look at more advanced markers in your blood or other bodily fluids. Some of the specific pieces to the special chemistry panel to monitor include:

  • Thyroid
  • Cardiac Markers
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring, such as Digoxin, Dilantin, Carbamazepine, Valproic Acid and Vancomycin
  • HA1C
  • PSA
  • HIV
  • Ferritin
  • Arterial Blood Gases

Rapid Micro Tests

Rapid micro tests are diagnostics we can get results back in a matter of minutes. We’ll use these tests to rule out some common illness, including:

  • Strep throat
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV
  • Influenza
  • H Pylori