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The laboratory may provide the first clues to a major disease process.  This the area within the laboratory where your blood, urine, and sputum are taken for interpretation.  It is here where your cholesterol levels are determined and where your blood smear indicates a new infection.  Take time to wander through the various departments of the laboratory.  For an introduction, to the clinical laboratory, check out this guide.

Introduction to Laboratory Testing

How Accurate are Lab Tests?

We are often asked How accurate are the lab results? Can I trust my life with these results?  Much of the daily work of the pathologist and medical technologists is spent assuring that your results are accurate and precise.. 


Blood Gases

Clinical Chemistry

Coagulation (Disorders of blood clotting)

Hematology (CBC, Spleen, Lymph Nodes, Bone Marrow)

Immunology (Cytokines, T and B cells)

Microbiology and Infectious Disease

Molecular Biology (Western Blot, DNA testing)


Transfusion Medicine (Blood Banking)

Urinalysis (Examination of Urine)

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