Frequently Asked Questions
Our facility is accredited and approved by NCDC, HEFAMAA and MLSCN for COVID-19 testing.
We are also a member of the Lagos State Biobank COVID-19 laboratories consortium.
Turnaround time is within 24-48 hours.
Laboratory tests are among the most common and important tools of modern medicine. Results from clinical laboratory tests contribute to most healthcare decisions. They provide information about your health status and risk factors and can be used to determine a diagnosis, guide therapy, and estimate outlook (prognosis). Many of the decisions you and your healthcare provider make about your care are based on the results of laboratory tests.
Most urine samples are collected by urinating into a clean container provided by the lab. One to two ounces of urine is typically needed for testing, and a sufficient sample is required for accurate results. Urine samples usually can be collected at any time, but a first-morning be requested because it is more concentrated and more likely to detect abnormalities.
Typically, “routine blood testing” or “routine lab work” refers to panels of tests that measure several analytes to check your general health status. Two of the most common are a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), which measures 14 analytes to check the health of organs such as your liver and kidneys, and a Full blood count (FBC), which evaluates your blood cells to check for conditions like anemia or infections. Other, more specific types of panels can be used as a routine check of the health of your liver, thyroid, or kidneys.
Blood tests cannot definitively tell whether a person has cancer. However, some blood cancers may be detected if there are abnormal findings on a Full blood count (CBC). Additional tests, such as a bone marrow biopsy, are performed to confirm the diagnosis. For other types of cancers, your healthcare provider may order testing if it is suspected that you have cancer. Typically, other procedures, such as a physical exam, imaging tests, and a biopsy, are necessary to help make a diagnosis.
A blood test may provide clues to health problems, like heart or kidney conditions. However, initial test results that are abnormal are usually followed by additional testing that can help make a definitive diagnosis. Additionally, other tests may be performed to determine the cause of the condition so that it may be treated appropriately.
Screening tests are laboratory tests that can help detect a disease even before a person develops symptoms, usually in the earliest and most treatable stages. Screening tests are also used to help to identify people who have an increased risk for a condition so that preventive measures can be taken. Examples of these tests include cholesterol testing for heart disease risk, HIV testing, and Pap smears for cervical cancer.
A diagnostic test may be used for screening purposes, but a diagnostic test is generally used to confirm a diagnosis in a person who has signs, symptoms, or other evidence of a particular disease, condition, or risk.
Most tests do not require any special preparation. Others, however, may require you to fast or avoid specific foods or take other steps in advance of the test. Always carefully follow any instructions you are provided.