Six Common Tests Performed in Diagnostic Labs

Six Common Tests Performed in Diagnostic Labs

Six Common Tests Performed in Diagnostic Labs

Are you wondering what types of tests are done at CarePath Diagnostic Partners?  From testing skin biopsies to testing blood samples, there are many different types of tests done to indicate whether a patient requires treatment for a specific diagnosis.  These tests are being carried out by collection of samples of blood, urine stools and various body fluids in order to detect, diagnose and treat diseases.  Here are some of the most common tests done in a lab setting.

Blood Count Examination

Blood count examination is used to examine variety of infections and illnesses. Red blood cells carry oxygen that is transported to all the parts of the body. Similarly, white blood cells provide immunity to body by fighting various viruses and bacteria. Platelets also defend body and helps in clotting.  Abnormal values in any of these would give an indication of different disease conditions, such as medication, nutritional factors and exposure to some toxic substances. Abnormalities in the blood count also tell about anemia, leukemia and blood cancers etc.

Iron Level Examination

Iron Level Examination is done to check amount of iron level in the body and abnormality in the values suggest disease condition.  If the level of iron is too low, it gives an indication of anemic condition.  Whereas, if the level of iron is too high (hemochromatosis), it gives an indication towards serious illness conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, liver disease and heart failure etc.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Examination

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) examination is used to test levels of thyroid hormone in the blood that regulates important body functions such as breathing, temperature, body weight and heart rate.  Therefore, the blood test is performed to check and monitor proper thyroid function such as hypothyroidism (low level of thyroid hormone) or hyperthyroidism (very high level of thyroid hormone).  These results depict severe conditions such as outcome of some kind of medication, infections, tumors or pregnancy.

Urine Analysis

The urine analysis is performed on the sample of urine to check some metabolic abnormalities in the body, such as kidney disorders or diabetes.

International Normalize Ratio Test

International Normalize Ratio (INR) examinations are done to check the effectiveness of medication on the patient’s body.  It also examines blood clots in patient’s body. This test is especially important for those who are at anti-clotting medication such as warfarin that is used to prevent clotting or stroke after surgery etc.

Prothrombin Time Test

Prothrombin test is also known as PT or pro time test that calculates how long blood takes to clot. This test is also used to analyze the presence of five important different clotting factors of the body. This type of test also used to analyze abnormalities in bleeding and monitors medication treatments that avoids production of blood clots.

These are some of the most common types of tests done in a diagnostic lab setting.  Whether you run a group of family physicians in Tampa or you run a medical clinical, you will want to trust the best technicians with your diagnostic testing.  Contact the experts at CarePath Diagnostic Partners to hear more today.

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