Blood Tests

Blood contains red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma, all of which give medical professionals important information about a patient’s health. Each component of blood contains different information. For example, plasma is a liquid that contains electrolytes, proteins, and antibodies, which, when analyzed, can alert physicians to imbalances in the system. During a blood test, blood is drawn from a vein typically in the inner elbow or back of the wrist into a blood sample bottle. Different bottles are used for different tests, which is why patients will see their blood added to bottles of different shapes, sizes, and colors. For certain tests, the blood needs to clot because the test is looking for something in the serum, which is the liquid left over after blood clots. Other tests need the blood to remain liquid, so chemicals are added to prevent the blood from clotting. If the blood glucose is being measured, then the blood is added to a special preservative to allow the glucose to be measured over time. These are just a few examples of the many different ways blood can be collected and analyzed.

For the convenience of our patients, Brentview Medical physicians collect blood samples at our clinic. We are able to test for a variety of conditions and offer one of the most comprehensive arrays of blood tests available to the public. Some tests that our physicians can order to evaluate our patients include the following:

  • Allergy Testing (ImmunoCap/RAST)
  • Arthritis Panel
  • Blood Type
  • Cholesterol
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Comprehensive Nutritional Panel
  • Electrolytes
  • Female Hormones (ie. Estrogen, Progesterone, LH, FSH, etc.)
  • Heart Attack Risk Profile
  • Hemoglobin
  • Hematocrit
  • Iron
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Hydration Measurement
  • Kidney Function
  • Liver Function
  • Lupus Screening Panel
  • Male Hormones (ie. Testosterone, DHEA, etc.)
  • Mercury Level
  • Platelets
  • Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
  • Protein Levels
  • Red Blood Cells
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STD’s)
  • Stress Hormone (i.e. Cortisol Level)
  • Sugar (Glucose) – Short and Long Term Control Measurements
  • Thyroid Function Tests
  • Uric Acid
  • Vaccine Titers
  • White Blood Cells

Results are usually available within 48 hours and your physician will always call you with the test results.

Brentview Medical has relationships with a a variety of specialty laboratories locally and nationally to be able to provide its patients with the highest level of test accuracy.

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