Lab tests are carried out to measure or detect level of/quantity of an analyte present in body fluids. There are several types of test. LifeLab Medical Laboratory provides services in Hematology, Immunohaematology, Immunology/Serelogy, Chemistry, Microbiology, Histology as well as several miscellaneous tests that are very important in guiding the decisions made by your physician regarding your health.
Your doctor may order a lab test for one or more of the following reasons:
- To confirm a suspected diagnosis e.g. glucose to confirm diabetes mellitus.
- To exclude a diagnosis e.g. a negative urine culture rules out bladder and kidney bacterial infection
- To check that treatment is working effectively. e.g. Increasing hemoglobin level shows that anemia is responding to treatment with iron therapy
- To screen for a treatable condition e.g. pap smear in women to detect early or pre-cancer of the cervix