Laboratory tests

Laboratory tests check a sample of your blood, urine, or body tissues. A technician or your doctor analyzes the test samples to see if your results fall within the normal range. The tests use a range because what is normal differs from person to person. Many factors affect test results. These include

  • Your sex, age and race
  • What you eat and drink
  • Medicines you take
  • How well you followed pre-test instructions

Your doctor may also compare your results to results from previous tests. Laboratory tests are often part of a routine checkup to look for changes in your health. They also help doctors diagnose medical conditions, plan or evaluate treatments, and monitor diseases.

Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)1

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Laboratory Test: A character or string that represents the full name of the laboratory assessment.2

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References

  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ laboratorytests.html
  2. Source: NCI Thesaurus

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