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Lab Services

On-site Laboratory for your convenience

We have an on-site Laboratory for your convenience. Lab tests help us analyze a sample of blood, urine or stool to identify potential health issues, sometimes even before symptoms arise. Labs may also be helpful in securing a diagnosis when symptoms are present. They can aid in the monitoring of a condition and in the evaluation of how well it is responding to treatment, too.

We also offer fingerstick INR testing for patients on chronic Coumadin/Warfarin therapy who require regular monitoring. This allows us to get results immediately and provide dosing instructions at the time of the appointment.


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Common Lab Tests


A blood test used for the diagnosis of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the HgbA1c test can also evaluate how well the disease is being managed. This is particularly beneficial lab work because it can determine a patient’s average blood sugar level for the previous two to three months. It is a measurement of the percentage of hemoglobin that has been coated by sugar. Higher results mean a more likely existence of diabetes or poor management of the condition if it was previously diagnosed.


The PT/INR is a blood test that gauges the length of time in which blood clots. It analyzes the blood to determine whether five different clotting factors are present. This is valuable in diagnosing bleeding disorders as well as to learn whether medication taken to prevent clotting is performing effectively.


A hepatic function panel is a type of blood test that can determine how well the liver is functioning. It focuses on the levels of protein, liver enzymes, bilirubin and albumin that are present. This test is usually taken when there are signs of liver damage or disease, which may include jaundice, dark urine, fever, vomiting and fatigue.


A lipid panel is a blood test used to measure the levels of cholesterol, fat and lipids in the body. This helps determine a patient’s risk for coronary artery disease or other vascular diseases that are affected by cholesterol and triglycerides. Although these substances occur naturally in the body, too many lipids can increase the risk for heart problems.


The fecal occult blood test is a type of test performed on the stool to determine the possible presence of colorectal cancer. The sample is treated with chemicals to check for small quantities of blood that can signal the incidence of disease. If blood is found in the fecal occult blood test, other forms of testing will be recommended to diagnose its source, which may be hemorrhoids, colitis, ulcers or several other conditions.


Vaccines are an essential way to immunize us against many debilitating and potentially deadly diseases. They are very beneficial to our health with low risks of side effects for most patients. Some injections are designed to confer protection against common but dangerous illnesses, while others are instead intended to boost the immune system and treat certain diseases. The most conventional types of injections usually recommended include:


The pneumonia vaccine, PCV13, is used in the prevention of pneumonia, a lung infection that causes more deaths around the world than any other infectious disease. It is recommended for those in the highest risk categories, including all children under the age of 5, all adults over the age of 65, those with immuno-compromising condition and those who have asthma or smoke.


This vaccine is aimed at the prevention of seasonal influenza, a common virus that can cause fever, muscle aches, headaches and even death. The influenza vaccine must be taken annually each fall because it only confers immunity to the strains of the flu that research suggests will surface that season. It is recommended for everyone except babies under the age of six months.


Vitamin B12 is important to the functioning of the brain, nerves and blood cells. Injections of this vitamin can be very beneficial in treating pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency. It is also sometimes used for treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, depression and numerous other conditions, but there is not as much evidence of its usefulness in these areas.


Tetanus is a disease that results in the tightening of muscles all over the body and can lead to death. It is also known as lockjaw because the jaw may become so contracted that the patient can no longer swallow or open his or her mouth. Standard as an immunization for children as part of the DTaP vaccine, the Td (tetanus-diphtheria alone) is recommended for adults every 10 years to maintain immunity or after a risk of exposure to tetanus.

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