Lab FAQ

We’re here to support you throughout the lab testing process. Here are the answers to some common questions you may have about lab services, including pre-lab and post-lab questions.

Frequently Asked Lab Questions

Q: Where do I go to get lab tests done?

A: We offer multiple lab testing options throughout Arizona and Northern Colorado.

If you live in Northern Colorado, outpatient lab tests can be done through Horizon Labs. Find a Horizon Labs location near you.

If you are in Arizona, lab tests can be done through Sonora Quest. Find a Sonora Quest Labs location near you.

You can also talk to your Banner Health provider to schedule an appointment at a lab location that is convenient for you.

We also offer inpatient lab services. If you are staying at one of our hospital locations, oftentimes lab testing can happen within the same facility.

Q: When should I do my cholesterol screenings?

A: The American Heart Association recommends that adults have their cholesterol checked every four to six years.

If your family has a history of heart disease, your doctor may recommend screenings more often.

Q: Why am I getting my blood drawn and not a finger stick?

A: The type of test can determine whether you get your blood drawn or a finger stick.

A finger stick allows a health professional to prick the tip of a patient’s finger, drawing a small amount of blood for testing.

A blood draw is the process in which a health professional uses a needle, generally inserted in the crook of a patient’s arm, to extract a larger blood sample.

While a finger stick may be an option for certain lab tests, a blood draw provides a larger panel of tests.

Q: Do I need to fast before my test?

A: Depending on the test you are having, you may need to fast before your test. Some foods and beverages could impact factors measured by certain tests. Fasting ensures proper levels are registered.

If you are unsure if your test requires fasting, talk to your provider to discuss proper instructions before your test. If you do need to fast before a test, ensure you are fasting 12-14 hours before your test, per your provider’s direction.

Q: What do I need to do before I get a lab test?

A: If your test does not require fasting, eat a healthy meal before getting your lab test. Make sure to drink plenty of water as well.

Talk to your provider if you are currently taking a blood thinning medication to ensure optimal test results as well as your safety.

Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, continue to take any usual medications as normal.

Q: Is it dangerous to receive blood?

A: Blood and blood transfusions are safe. You may experience mild reactions after the transfusion, such as bruising, hives and itching.

Q: How do I receive my lab results?

A: You may receive your lab results directly by mail or email, or your provider may call you with your lab results. Your provider may also schedule a follow-up appointment to review any pertinent information from your lab tests.

Find out more information about your lab results here.

If you have any additional questions about lab testing and services, contact your provider.