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Laboratory Testing Specialist

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Grand Rapids, MI

Laboratory testing is at the forefront of diagnosing many kinds of diseases and health problems, from viral and bacterial infections to organ dysfunction, diabetes, and cancer, to name just a few. For the benefit of their patients, the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan team in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has its own on-site lab facilities to save you time and provide fast results for your whole family. Call Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Laboratory Testing Q&A

What is laboratory testing?

Lab (laboratory) testing is a method of confirming or ruling out causes of ill health and checking the functioning of your body’s systems.

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan has an on-site lab, meaning you get faster access to accurate test results. Faster testing enables prompt treatment, so you can get better as quickly as possible.

What samples does the lab use for testing?

One of the most common samples used for lab testing is blood. Blood tests have multiple uses, and taking blood to check your general health is a pretty standard procedure. Other bodily fluids and substances can also be useful, depending on your symptoms. You might need to give a sample of:

  • Urine
  • Saliva
  • Sputum
  • Semen
  • Discharge fluids
  • Feces

Your provider at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan might, in some cases, need to take cell samples using a cotton swab.

These substances all provide valuable information about the nature of your condition if you’re experiencing symptoms. They can also detect changes that could indicate an underlying problem that might not be causing symptoms yet.

If your symptoms don’t indicate a specific disease, you might need to have a full blood workup. This is a series of blood tests that looks at a wide range of potential health issues, including:

  • Infection
  • Toxins
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Hormonal imbalances

The Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan team can then carry out any further lab tests depending on the results of your bloodwork.

How are samples collected for lab testing?

If you need a blood test, your provider draws blood from a vein in your arm. You’ll feel a sting as the needle enters the vein, but it’s brief, and most people find it quite tolerable. If you do have any issues with needles or are particularly sensitive, you can apply a numbing cream to your skin before the blood draw.

Your provider gives you a sample bottle to collect waste products like feces and urine. It’s important to follow the instructions given about how to collect your sample, so you provide enough to test and don’t get your samples contaminated.

Although you might find the collection process unpleasant, it’s an important way of finding the cause of your illness. All the staff at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan are experienced professionals who are used to receiving samples of all kinds, so try not to feel embarrassed about returning your sample bottle.

Find out more about the benefits of on-site lab testing by calling Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan today or make an appointment using the online tool.