Chemistry

A chemistry screen measures various key blood levels. It can give you a picture of your general health, identify potential problems, and determine whether treatment you are receiving for a particular condition is working. The type of chemistry screen you receive depends on your individual concerns and objectives.

Chemistry Screen

Used as a broad screening tool to evaluate organ function and check for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease and kidney disease. Aids in the evaluation of potential risk factors for atherosclerotic heart disease.

$45

Also known as: Metabolic Panel, Comprehensive; CMP; Met Comp. + Lipid Panel

Test use: The CMP is routinely ordered as part of a blood work-up for a medical exam or yearly physical. While the individual tests are sensitive, they do not usually tell a health practitioner specifically what is wrong. Abnormal test results or groups of test results are usually followed up with other specific tests to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis. The Lipid Panel aids in the evaluation of potential risk factors for atherosclerotic heart disease (ASHD), is used to evaluate hyperlipidemia as an index to coronary artery disease (CAD), to indicate the presence of dyslipoproteinemia, and to monitor lipoprotein-modifying drugs.

Test description: Chemistry Tests includes: Albumin; Alkaline Phosphatase, Total; ALT (SGPT); AST (SGOT); Bilirubin, Total; Calcium; Carbon Dioxide; Chloride; Creatinine; Glucose; Potassium; Protein, Total; Sodium; Urea Nitrogen, Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) (calculated); and Globulin (calculated). The Lipid Panel Includes: Cholesterol, Total; Triglycerides; HDL Cholesterol; LDL Cholesterol (calculated).

This test recommended for: The General Chemistry panel is used to evaluate a person’s chemical status. Panel includes a glucose and tests that check for kidney, electrolyte and liver function.

The Lipid Panel aids in the evaluation of potential risk factors for atherosclerotic heart disease (ASHD), is used to evaluate hyperlipidemia as an index to coronary artery disease (CAD), to indicate the presence of dyslipoproteinemia, and to monitor lipoprotein-modifying drugs.

Risk factors to be considered when ordering a Lipid panel include:

  • High Total Cholesterol
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Being physically inactive—not getting enough exercise
  • Age (if you are a male 45 years or older or a female 50-55 years or older)
  • Hypertension (blood pressure of 140/90 or higher or taking high blood pressure medications)
  • Family history of premature heart disease (heart disease in a first degree male relative under age 55 or a first degree female relative under age 65)
  • Pre-existing heart disease or already having had a heart attack
  • Diabetes or prediabetes

Decreased lipids are found with some cases of malabsorption, malnutrition and advanced liver disease. In abetalipoproteinemia, cholesterol is less than 70 mg/dL.

Patient preparation: Patient should fast for 12 hours prior to testing.

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Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

Used as a broad screening tool to evaluate organ function and check for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease.

$30

Test Description: The CMP is routinely ordered as part of a blood work-up for a medical exam or yearly physical. While the individual tests are sensitive, they do not usually tell a health practitioner specifically what is wrong. Abnormal test results or groups of test results are usually followed up with other specific tests to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.

The test includes: albumin; alkaline phosphatase, total; ALT (SGPT); AST (SGOT); bilirubin, total; calcium; carbon dioxide; chloride; creatinine; glucose; potassium; protein, total; sodium; urea nitrogen, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) (calculated); and globulin (calculated). Panel includes electrolytes-sodium, potassium, chloride, and CO2.

Patient should fast for 12 hours prior to testing.

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Lipid Panel

Aids in the evaluation of potential risk factors for atherosclerotic heart disease. Includes cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol (calculated).

$20

Test description: Risk factors to be considered when ordering a lipid panel include:

  • High total cholesterol
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Being physically inactive—not getting enough exercise
  • Age (if you are a male 45 years or older or a female 50-55 years or older)
  • Hypertension (blood pressure of 140/90 or higher or taking high blood pressure medications)
  • Family history of premature heart disease (heart disease in a first degree male relative under age 55 or a first degree female relative under age 65)
  • Pre-existing heart disease or already having had a heart attack
  • Diabetes or prediabetes

Decreased lipids are found with some cases of malabsorption, malnutrition, and advanced liver disease. In abetalipoproteinemia, cholesterol is less than 70 mg/dL.

Patients should fast for 12 hours before testing.

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Uric Acid

To detect high levels of uric acid in the blood, which could be a sign of the condition gout, or to monitor uric acid levels when undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment; to detect high levels of uric acid in the urine in order to diagnose the cause of kidney stones and to monitor those with gout who are at risk of developing such stones.

$20

When To Get Tested: When you have joint pain or other symptoms that your healthcare practitioner suspects may be due to gout; when you have had or are going to have certain chemotherapy or radiation therapies for cancer; when you have recurrent kidney stones; when you have gout or are otherwise at risk for kidney stone formation.

Patient Preparation: None

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Urine Microalbumin/Creatinine Ratio

To detect early kidney disease in those with diabetes or other risk factors, such as high blood pressure (hypertension)

$50

When To Get Tested: Annually after a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes; annually 5 years after diagnosis of type 1 diabetes

Patient Preparation: None, random urine specimen

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