Understanding My Laboratory Test Results

Your Health Care Provider will order Laboratory Testing that will aid in the diagnosis and management of a myriad of medical conditions and diseases. Your highly educated professionals are trained in ordering the testing best suited for you. Listed below are a few different Laboratory Testing categories that your Provider may order.

Your Provider may order a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel or Basic Metabolic Panel as screening tests. (Andy, can we have patient click on these tests to see the tests included in the panels?) These panels will alert the Clinician to any potential health risk including so that further testing can be performed.

Your Provider may order a Lipid Panel or Cholesterol to see if you have High Cholesterol or a Lipid Disorder. It is important to fast for this test. Early diagnosis of Hyperlipidemia (High Lipid levels) can easily be treated and help prevent Coronary Disease.

Testing to access the Endocrine System is very important to Clinicians in assessing a patient’s overall health. The most common Endocrine System screening test is TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) to ensure that the Thyroid system is working properly. Other Endocrine tests help with other hormone imbalances and are integral in fertility testing and monitoring.

Laboratory tests are key to aiding a Clinician in the Diagnosis and ongoing treatment and maintenance of their patient. Please consult your Health Care Provider for a detailed explanation of your test results.

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Common Laboratory Tests

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Basic Metabolic Panel

The basic metabolic panel is a group of blood tests

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

A comprehensive metabolic panel is a group of blood tests.

Cholesterol Levels

A cholesterol test can give your health care provider important information

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

Your health care provider may have ordered a complete blood count.

Blood Differential Test

This measures the percentage of each type of white blood cell in your blood.


It involves a number of tests to measure compounds that pass through urine.

Thyroid Function Tests

Thyroid function tests are used to check whether your thyroid is working normally.

Hemoglobin A1C Test

hbA1C is a lab test that shows the average level of blood sugar