Almost all blood tests can be drawn here. We perform many tests in our own clinic and the other tests are sent to LabCorp for analysis. Most test results are available in one week; however, a few very specialized tests may take longer. We also perform rapid strep tests and urine pregnancy tests by patient request. These test results are done while you wait. If you have blood work ordered by a specialist, bring in your order and we will send the results to your specialist.

Understanding Common Lab Work Your Physician May Order

Amylase: Symptoms of a pancreatic disorder, such as severe abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, or nausea.

ANA: Diagnose lupus and to rule out certain other autoimmune diseases.

aPTT (PTT): Evaluate your risk of excessive bleeding prior to a surgical procedure, or to monitor heparin anticoagulant therapy.

AIC (Hemoglobin A1C or Glycohemoglobin): Monitor diabetes and to aid in treatment decisions, this test is usually performed with the first diagnosis and then 2 to 4 times per year.

BMP (Basic Metabolic Panel): Check for conditions like diabetes and kidney disease. 

CBC (Complete Blood Count): General health and screens for disorders such as anemia or infections, as well as nutritional status and toxic substance exposure.

CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel): Information about the kidneys, liver, and electrolyte and acid/base balance, as well as of blood sugar and blood proteins.

Electrolytes (Electrolyte Panel): Part of routine exam, and when your doctor suspects an excess or deficit of electrolytes (sodium or potassium) or an acid-base imbalance.

ESR (Sedimentation Rate): Determine the cause of inflammation, or to help diagnose and follow the course of joint or muscle pain.

Flu Tests: Used to determine whether flu-like symptoms are due to influenza A or B, or to other causes. 

Glucose: Identify blood glucose level, and to screen for, diagnose, and monitor diabetes, pre-diabetes, and hypoglycemia. 

hCG: Confirm and monitor pregnancy, or if symptoms suggest issues of concern. 

HIV Antibody: Determine if you are infected with HIV.

Lipid Profile: Determine risk of coronary heart disease, and may be a good indicator of whether someone is likely to have a heart attack or stroke, as caused by blockage of blood vessels.

Liver Panel (Liver Function Panel): Detect liver damage or disease. 

Lyme Disease: Detect if you have been exposed to the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

Microalbumin: Performed annually after a diagnosis of diabetes or hypertension to screen for a possible kidney disorder. 

Mono: Determine if a patient has mononucleosis. 

Pap Smear: Performed annually for women who are over the age of 18 and/or sexually active, to screen for cervical cancer and certain vaginal or uterine infections. 

PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen): Screen and monitor prostate cancer.

PT (Protime): Used to check how well prescribed blood-thinning medications (anti-coagulants) are working, or to help detect and diagnose a bleeding disorder.

Semen Analysis: Used to learn about the health of your reproductive organs, or after a vasectomy to determine if the operation was successful. 

Stool Culture: Determine whether you have pathogenic bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract.

TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone): Screen for and diagnose thyroid disorders, or to monitor treatment of hypothyroidism.

T4 (Thyroxine): Usually ordered after an abnormal TSH result, this test can diagnose hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism in adults; or screen for hypothyroidism in newborns.

Uric Acid: Used to detect high levels of uric acid, or to monitor certain chemotherapy or radiation cancer therapies.

Urinalysis: This standard test is usually performed on admission to a hospital or as part of an annual physical. 

Urine Culture: If you experience symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), your doctor may test a sample of your urine to make the diagnosis. A urine sample is required.