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June 25, 2019 | Laboratory
Occasionally, your primary care physician will order a laboratory test. Lab tests are performed to check a sample of your blood, urine or body tissues to evaluate your health and diagnose medical conditions. If you’ve never had a lab test before, you might be wondering how you should prepare. Here are some tips.
There are a variety of lab tests your doctor may ask you to get. Some tests require special instructions that must be followed for the test to be accurate and reliable. Examples of these tests include:
Possible special instructions for these types of lab tests might include:
Your doctor will be more specific with instructions for the lab test you are getting.
In order to ensure the accuracy of your test, the most important thing you can do is follow your doctor’s instructions. Certain behaviors, like not drinking enough fluids, excessive eating or recent sexual activity, may affect the accuracy of the test. Be open and honest with your provider and let him or her know if you weren’t able to follow instructions properly. Additionally, you should make your doctor aware of any vitamins or medications you are taking, as this may also impact your test results. Other tips include:
“Test Preparation: Your Role.” LabTestsOnline.org.
“Preparing for your lab test.” Geisinger Medical Laboratories. https://www.geisingermedicallabs.com/patients/prepare-for-test.shtml
“Laboratory Tests.” MedlinePlus.gov.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.