Lab Specialist

Altus Medical Care

Internal Medicine located in Trenton, NJ

Lab tests provide some of the most crucial information about your health, from confirming pregnancy to diagnosing life-threatening diseases. Rajnish Chawla, MD, and Rupinder Chawla, MD, of Altus Medical Care, are experienced internists who have on-site lab testing facilities at their practice for the convenience of patients in Trenton, New Jersey. Find out more or schedule a consultation by calling Altus Medical Care today, or use the online booking tool.

Lab Q & A

What happens in the lab, and why is it important?

The lab, or laboratory, is vital to all aspects of health care, providing invaluable information about you and everything that’s going on in your body.

The information the team at Altus Medical Care gains from their on-site lab helps them to diagnose the cause of your symptoms and monitor your progress, allowing prompt, expert treatment for whatever ails you.

What does the lab use for testing?

Although blood is the most common testing medium, other fluids and excretions are also useful. Urine is a common subject of lab tests, but your provider may also ask for saliva, sputum, semen, fluids from any kind of discharge you have, or stool samples or cell swabs. These can all provide information about the cause and effects of your illness, or detect the early signs of cell changes that indicate an illness is developing.

Your provider decides which kind of sample they need depending on what’s the most likely cause of your symptoms. If potential reasons for your symptoms aren’t clear at the time of your consultation, then a blood workup that measures a broad spectrum of indicators from infection to poison to micronutrient imbalance can isolate the problem.

How are samples collected for the lab?

If your provider at Altus Medical Care needs a sample of one of your body’s waste products, they give you an appropriate container and ask you to collect a sample yourself and return it. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully, so you collect the right amount at the right time, and avoid any contamination. For instance, to run certain urine tests, you may need to collect your sample first thing in the morning.

If you feel self-conscious about handing over a sample, try not to worry, as all the staff working in the lab at Altus Medical Care are highly trained experts whose only concern is to find out what’s causing your problem.

Your provider may need samples of cells from places like your throat or cervix, which they collect using a cotton swab. If you need to provide a blood sample, your provider uses a hypodermic needle to draw blood from a vein, usually in your arm. 

You feel a sharp but brief pricking as the needle goes into the vein, but it’s not anything to be concerned about. Anyone who’s nervous of needles or hypersensitive can use a topical numbing cream beforehand.

If you have any concerns about your health or wish to book a screening, call Altus Medical Care today or make an appointment using the online tool.