A laboratory blood test is helpful in evaluating a patient’s current health status. Alcala Testing and Analysis Services specializes in numerous hematology assays with state-of-the-art lab procedures that can be provided affordably.
Physicians rely on “blood-work,” or clinical laboratory diagnostic blood testing to diagnose medical conditions. The medical professional then prescribes therapies and remedies based on laboratory test results which are reported to your physician along with ‘reference ranges’. Reference ranges of your blood tests assist in accurately assessing and interpreting the results of the testing. Every test is different, and each test needs to be viewed in the context of differences in test methodologies employed by the testing laboratory.
Other important considerations are differences in groups of individuals: gender, age group, population norms in the country of testing, race and ethnic factors. An ‘abnormal’ blood test result does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with you. Many non-illness related factors may have an impact on your blood test results. These include such things as the meals eaten or not eaten (fasting) in the 24 hours preceding the test, race, dietetic preference, age, sex, stress, menstrual cycle, physical exercise in the hours before testing, collection and/or handling of the specimen, non-prescription drugs (aspirin, cold medications, vitamins, etc.), prescription drugs, alcohol intake, and the quality of the sleep that you got on the night before the test, among others.
The medical and scientific team at Alcala Testing and Analysis Services have defined a unique “wellness” blood testing panel specific for either male and female patients as a comprehensive screening tool of our patients’ health status. Alternatively, specialized sub-panels for the patient’s particular needs or physicians orders are available to assess and evaluate a specific condition or test result in more detail.