Routine laboratory testing is one of the easiest ways to catch underlying medical issues, like a vitamin deficiency or a hormonal imbalance. At Harrison Medical Group, primary care providers Joseph Anton, MD, and Alice Coscia, ANP, offer laboratory tests on-site to people of all ages, including blood work, urinalysis, and cultures. To make an appointment, call the office in Harrison, New Jersey, or click the online booking feature today.
Laboratory tests are a group of diagnostic procedures. These tests analyze samples of your bodily fluids, like urine, blood, or saliva, to identify medical conditions that don’t present obvious symptoms. By regularly undergoing laboratory testing, it’s possible to catch certain diseases early on and prevent them from getting worse.
Harrison Medical Group offers a variety of laboratory tests, including:
A complete blood count is the most common type of laboratory test. It measures the number of platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells in your blood. Harrison Medical Group uses CBCs to determine your general health and to help diagnose conditions like anemia and fatigue.
A complete metabolic panel measures the levels of glucose, sodium, chloride, and carbon dioxide in your blood. This type of laboratory test can help your provider assess your kidney function and the balance of fluids and electrolytes in your body.
A lipid panel measures the lipids (fats) in your blood. If you have high levels of low-density lipoprotein or “bad cholesterol,” you’re more likely to experience a cardiovascular event, like a heart attack or a stroke.
Urinalysis is a type of lab test that analyzes a sample of your urine. It’s a convenient and effective way to identify early signs of disease.
A glycated hemoglobin test measures your average blood sugar level over the last few months. If your A1C level is 6.7% or higher on two separate tests, it means you have diabetes. Your Harrison Medical Group provider can make recommendations to keep your diabetes in check.
A culture is a lab test that involves your provider collecting a sample of saliva or mucus from your throat or nose. Cultures help diagnose infections, like strep throat, bronchitis, and seasonal influenza.
The type of laboratory testing that will most benefit you depends on various factors, including your age, sex, and medical history. Following an exam and a review of your medical records, your Harrison Medical Group provider can order tests that align with your needs.
If you’re interested in undergoing a laboratory test, make an appointment at Harrison Medical Group by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.