SHC Clinical Laboratory
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At UCI Student Health Center, many of the decisions your health care provider makes about your health status from obtaining a diagnosis, developing a course of action for treatment, or monitoring your body's response to a therapy, all are based on laboratory data. Your provider trusts the results coming from the lab. That trust is well placed! Our clinical laboratory testing at SHC Laboratory is held to very high standards.
Collecting Samples for Testing
Today’s technologies allow testing on a wide variety of samples collected from the human body. Most often, all that is required is a small blood sample. However, samples of urine, saliva, sputum, feces, and other bodily fluids and tissues also can be tested.
We do recommend for all patients to drink plenty of water prior to their visit to lab. Also take a moment and inquire from the lab about the requirements for your testing such as fasting.
Our laboratory at SHC and our reference laboratories use a variety of methodologies to test the countless analytes that are of interest to our medical community. Understanding the method used for a test provides a broader context for understanding your test results. We do provide this information to our patients and providers upon request.
Laboratory methods are based on established scientific principles involving biology, chemistry, and physics, and encompass all aspects of the clinical laboratory from testing the amount of cholesterol in your blood to analyzing your DNA and to growing microscopic organisms that may be causing an infection. Laboratory Scientists follow detailed procedures to produce highest quality results.
Deciphering Your Lab Report
If you have had any laboratory tests performed on you, you may have been given a copy of the report by your health care provider. Once you get your report, however, it may not be easy for you to read or understand, leaving you with more questions than answers. As a general rule, we recommend for you to discuss any concerns you have about your test results with your provider.
Reference Ranges and What They Mean
Test results are usually interpreted based on their relation to a reference range. While the normal ranges are usually published along with your test results; again, we highly recommend for you to discuss your results and their interpretations with your provider.
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