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To learn more about laboratory medicine in general and gain a greater understanding of how laboratory testing can impact your healthcare, read the following in-depth articles. These patient resources are intended to help you navigate the testing process, provide context for the tests that you may have done and give you a better understanding of your test results.

Overview Most routine laboratory tests require a blood sample. Common as it is, this brief procedure is the test people tend to have the most worries about. There are two main problems really: 1) the physical one, enduring the needle and 2) the...
For you as the patient, the "laboratory test" that has been requested by your doctor may require you to have a sample of blood taken from a vein in your arm, or to give a sample of urine, a swab from your throat or another sample of body fluid or...
Laboratories use a variety of methodologies to test the countless analytes that are of interest to the medical community. Understanding the method used for a test provides a broader context for understanding your test results. Below are links to...
Today, laboratory testing is performed in many different settings, from the large, highly automated central laboratory that performs thousands of tests a day to your own home, where you might do a pregnancy test or monitor your blood glucose levels....
Your doctor will often say to you "I'd like you to have some blood tests". Laboratory tests are among the most important aspects of modern medicine. The Department of Health has estimated that laboratory services contribute to 60-70% of clinical...
Blood banking, the process of collecting, testing, processing, and storing blood for later use, is a cornerstone of emergency and surgical medicine and is dependent on the clinical laboratory for ensuring the safe use of blood and its components....
How do new laboratory tests come into common use? New tests generally come first from research laboratories where scientists find a strong and consistent association between something they can measure, and a disease or group of diseases. The next...
Cellular pathology, also known as anatomical (or anatomic) pathology is the branch of pathology that involves the study of body organs and tissues (groups of cells). Cellular pathology is considered one of the diagnostic branches of medicine, along...
One of the most important factors in making sure your laboratory test is accurate and reliable is you, the patient. After all, it is a sample from your body – blood, urine, or some other specimen – on which the test will be performed. It is therefore...
Nobody particularly enjoys having blood collected or providing a urine or stool sample, but a medical test conducted on a small sample collected from your body can give your doctor information that can improve the quality of your life or even save it...