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:
- Carbon dioxide
- Total Protein
- Lipid Panels, which includes cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL
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.
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.
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 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:
- Cardiac Markers
- Therapeutic drug monitoring, such as Digoxin, Dilantin, Carbamazepine, Valproic Acid and Vancomycin
- Arterial Blood Gases
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
- H Pylori