Tests for things such as glucose (blood sugar), cholesterol and triglycerides, thyroid, liver and kidney functions, heart disease, quantitative pregnancy test, therapeutic drug monitoring and drugs of abuse screening.
Testing includes white and red blood cell counts, platelet counts, blood clotting tests, sickle cell screening, and urine sample analysis. Tests are also done to rule out such diseases as infectious mononucleosis, rheumatoid arthritis and syphilis.
Tests for microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and parasites are offered in the Microbiology section. Cultures are done on blood and other body fluids and specimens. When microorganisms are identified, further testing is done to aid the physician in determining the best drug to use to eliminate or control the organism.
This section determines a patient’s blood type. Technicians prepare and issue blood components for transfusions when needed, as determined by the physician
Prepares tissue samples that have been removed from a patient. Samples are cut, placed on glass slides and stained with special dyes. The Laboratory Pathologist looks at the slides using a microscope to determine the presence and severity of a disease state.
The Columbus Regional Healthcare System Laboratory is accredited by The College of American Pathologists (CAP)