Lab tests are diagnostic tools used to evaluate medical conditions. Many lab tests are able to look inside the body by analyzing its contents, such as blood, saliva, urine or excrement. Lab tests are commonly performed in the diagnosis of viral and bacterial infections. They can also detect pregnancies and analyze blood samples.
Why is it important to get blood work done?
Blood work is important for a number of reasons. First of all, blood tests will show if your blood levels are within a normal range. If your blood levels go beyond the normal range, it could be because of a disease or disorder. Other factors that can affect blood levels include:
- Physical activity level
- Alcohol intake
Getting routine blood work is essential for checking blood glucose and cholesterol levels, as well as diagnosing a number of diseases and conditions. Although some diseases and medical conditions cannot be diagnosed with blood work, knowing your blood levels can help you and your doctor learn more about your health.
At what age should you start getting blood work done?
The recommendations put forth by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC} for blood work include:
- Screening once between ages 9 and 11 (before puberty)
- Screening once between ages 17 and 21 (after puberty)
- Screening every 4 to 6 years after the age of 21
What type of lab tests are done at the clinic?
A1C Test — This tests checks the average blood glucose levels over the past three months.
Blood Sugar Test — Generally used to screen for diabetes, these tests check the levels of blood sugar.
Cholesterol Test — High cholesterol can lead to a number of medical conditions, and this test can help determine the levels of risk.
Flu Test — Influenza is a common illness that affects millions of people every year. Flu tests can determine an active infection.
H. Pylori — Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium that can cause a stomach infection.
Mono Screen — Known as the kissing disease, mononucleosis is spread through saliva and can cause extreme fatigue, fever and sore throat, among other symptoms.
Occult Blood Stool — This test is used to check stools for hidden (occult) blood.
Pregnancy Test — One of the most common lab tests performed, pregnancy tests can check for an active pregnancy before any other symptoms are present.
Strep Test — Within minutes, a strep test can detect the presence of streptococcus bacteria, the culprit of the infection.
Urinalysis for Urinary Tract Infection — UTIs can cause discomfort while urinating, produce discharge and a foul odor. Urinalysis can detect an active infection.
Complete Metabolic Panel — A complete metabolic panel, also known as a comprehensive metabolic panel or CMP, is a panel of blood tests to determine different levels and balances of aspects and characteristics of the blood, such as electrolytes and glucose.
Other labs are done at the nearest LabCorp near you.
How much do these lab tests cost?
Pricing is made available at the clinic on a per-test basis. While no insurance is accepted, our rates are designed to be affordable for everyone. We also offer memberships for our services, and patients with a membership receive in clinic lab tests free of charge.
If you or someone you know is looking for top-rated lab tests, come to Smart Choice Medical Clinic today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing a wide range of lab tests and can help provide you with the diagnostic information you need! For more information on the lab tests we offer, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment for one of our lab tests, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today. We serve patients from Tyler TX, Bullard TX, Troup TX, Jacksonville TX, Dogwood City TX, Whitehouse TX, Flint TX, and Gresham TX.