At Hunt Regional, we offer a full-range
of lab tests and wellness screenings. Whether you are looking to gauge your overall health or need to be checked for
a specific condition, our lab services team is here for you.
To help determine which one might be right for you, or to learn about a test recommended by your primary care physician or specialist, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with some of the different test and screening types we offer:
Basic Blood Tests
Blood Type Test:
This test, sometimes referred to as an ABO/Rh test, will tell you if your blood type is A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-, O+ or O-. This information is especially important for patients who need a blood transfusion,
so that doctors know which type of blood they are able to safely receive. The results will also determine if a pregnant woman is
Rh positive or negative, impacting whether or not she is a candidate for an Rh
immune globulin immunization.
A chemistry profile, sometimes called a chemistry panel, is commonly recommended by primary care physicians as part of an annual wellness visit. This profile is designed to check the levels of several elements within your body (i.e. sodium, glucose, potassium, creatine, etc.). It provides your physician with a solid snapshot of your overall health and wellness.
Complete Blood Count:A
complete blood count (CBC) test can be used by doctors to check your overall health; however, it can also be used to investigate causes of tiredness/weakness or even persistent bruising. Noticeable increases or decreases in your red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets may indicate a problem that needs to be looked into further.
Cholesterol Checks and Other Heart-Health Tests
Total Cholesterol Check:
Total cholesterol includes a combined measure of “good cholesterol” know as high-density lipoproteins (HDL), “bad cholesterol” known as low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). High cholesterol levels can lead to a high risk for heart disease. And, because elevated levels are not typically accompanied by any signs or symptoms, it is important for adults to get their cholesterol routinely checked.
A lipid screening, or lipid profile, is similar to a cholesterol check but provides more information. In addition to determining the levels of total cholesterol in your blood, it also includes your body’s level of triglycerides (fat found in the blood). This added measurement is important because a high level of triglycerides in addition to a high level of LDL cholesterol may further increase your risk for heart disease.
High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Test:
When an inflammation occurs, the body produces what’s called C-reactive protein (CRP). This means that by checking for CRP in the blood, doctors can determine if your body is inflamed. This measurement can help diagnose chronic inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. It can also indicate an increased risk for heart disease.
Condition-Specific Wellness Screenings
Physicians may recommend a glucose screening to check the level of glucose sugar in your blood. An elevated level of this sugar type is a potential indicator of diabetes,
and may lead to additional testing. This test can also be used to check for the on-set
of gestational diabetes in women who are pregnant.
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Screening:
This test measures the level of PSA in the blood. Because elevated levels of PSA are linked to a higher risk for
prostate cancer, this test may be recommended for men who are showing symptoms.
Sexually-Transmitted Infection (STI) Screening:
We offer screening
for three types of sexually-transmitted
infections: chlamydia, gonorrhea
and syphilis. The screening process for chlamydia and gonorrhea is done through a urine sample. The syphilis screen is called a Rapid Plasmin Reagin,
and is done through a blood sample.
Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Screening:
This blood test is performed to detect thyroid gland problems. TSH screening may be recommended by your physician to either determine if your thyroid gland is working correctly,
or to monitor your current thyroid therapy.
Vitamin D Screening:
This test is designed to measure the level of vitamin D in your blood, a vitamin that helps maintain your bone and muscle health. It may be recommended by your doctor if you have osteoporosis
, have gone through menopause, have fragile bones (easily broken), or have low levels of calcium and/or phosphate.
A urine test, or urinalysis,
can be used to detect several types of medical conditions, including urinary tract infections (UTI), kidney disease, diabetes and more. After receiving a urine sample, your doctor will examine the way that it looks as well as any abnormal substances it contains. For example, increased levels of protein or glucose (or potentially another substance) could indicate a health problem that warrants further testing.
In addition to checking for medical conditions, a urine sample can also be used to perform a drug screen
or a pregnancy test.
For questions about the full scope of lab tests and screenings we offer, or about an upcoming test, please call us at 903-408-1810. If your physician has ordered a blood test, you can choose to have it done at one of eight outpatient lab services locations
that do not require an appointment.