Laboratory Services in Western Kentucky
When a doctor needs a fluid or tissue sample, they will need a clinical
laboratory in order to analyze it. The results from lab tests give doctors
important information about the patient’s overall health. In some
cases, the doctor may will have you personally visit the lab so the sample
can be taken there and immediately stored for safe keeping. Results from
the test are forwarded to your doctor, who will help you understand the results.
Lab services at Methodist Hospital include:
Chemistry – Clinical chemistry tests measure the chemicals in body fluids like blood
and urine. This gives doctors information on glucose, hormone, lipids,
and other metabolic substances. It can help diagnose several conditions
like heart disease and diabetes.
Coagulation – These tests measure the body’s capacity to form blood clots. The
results can help find the cause of unexplained bleeding and assess the
patient’s risk of forming dangerous blood clots.
Hematology – This is a category of tests used to analyze blood and diagnose blood disorders.
Common tests include complete blood counts and bone marrow exams.
Immunoassay – In basic terms, these tests measure various means the body has to fight
infections and viruses. The immune system functions thanks to numerous
processes in the body going on at any given time. Immunoassay tests are
used to make sure each component that the body uses to detect antibodies
is working properly. They can also be used to check on other internal
Microbiology – Medical microbiology tests inspect sample specimens for bacterial infections.
These tests are also helpful in helping doctors find the best ways of
fighting infections by testing treatments on the sample.
Pathology – Pathological lab tests test body fluids for diseases. This umbrella term
for lab testing can include hematology, microbiology, chemistry, and immunoassay tests.
Transfusion – We perform a variety of transfusion services at Methodist Hospital. One
of the most common uses of transfusion lab services is testing donated
blood to make sure it is safe for the recipient and free of HIV, West
Nile virus, and other diseases.
We also offer Urinalysis, bacteriology, a blood bank, cytology, diagnostic
immunology and more. If patents require a test that we do not before,
we forward the sample to a QUEST lab.
Our labs are staffed with highly qualified technologists, technicians,
phlebotomists, and directed by an experienced pathologist. We use cutting-edge
equipment to get the most accurate readings. Call 270-827-7140 if you
have any questions about lab testing.