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In-depth Feature Articles

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.

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...
Today's technologies allow testing on an impressively wide variety of samples collected from the human body. Most often, all that is required is a blood sample. However, samples of urine, saliva, sputum, faeces, semen, and other bodily fluids and...
Forensic testing isn't always the way it appears on TV. On the popular TV shows, staff from a forensic laboratory solve a number of crimes within the show's hour-long format, presenting forensic testing as quick producers of irrefutable evidence that...
For many people, clinical laboratory testing is an invisible side of medical care. Yet many of the decisions that doctors make about your health – diagnosing the cause of symptoms, developing a course of action and a treatment plan, or monitoring...
Home testing offers several benefits including convenience and privacy, but it is important to understand that home tests may not be as accurate as hospital tests, and depend on you following the instructions provided very carefully. In hospitals the...
The interpretation of any clinical laboratory test involves comparing the patient's results with the test's "reference range". The first step in determining a reference range is to define the population to which the range will apply. A large number...
This article discusses genetic testing; that is, testing that looks at a person’s genetic makeup for a variety of reasons. An increasing number of genetic tests are becoming available as a result of recent and rapid advances in biomedical research....