Are Lab Tests Accurate?

Lab testing is an essential part of confirming a diagnosis, as it is vital for examining changes in health, diagnosing conditions, planning treatment, evaluating treatment, and monitoring a condition long term. Over 7 billion lab tests are performed annually, which, for many, leads to earlier diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. 

However, it is possible for tests to go wrong. Let’s take this opportunity to examine what tests you’re likely to get, what can go wrong, and what can be done to make them more accurate.

Patients in Bakersfield, California, who need lab tests but have concerns over results can rely on the years of experience in diagnostic and treatment care of Dr. Yadwinder Kang and the capable team at 1st Choice Urgent Care.

What tests can you expect to take?

Lab tests help with diagnosing conditions often missed in your routine office visits, and will vary depending on age, sex, and pre-existing health conditions. Either at your annual visits or to detect specific conditions, these are some tests you’re likely to get:

These tests determine if you fall within the normal range for good health and indicate the presence of a disease, infection, or cancer. Lab tests are an important factor in how your treatment plan is determined.

Where can things go wrong in a lab test?

Inaccuracies in lab test results can happen in a number of ways:

Any of these issues can compromise your lab results and require a repeated test. Newer tests don’t have a proven track record, so the accuracy rates may not be well established.

What can be done to increase accuracy?

Logistical errors, procedural mistakes, and circumstances are better controlled by experienced lab technicians who can anticipate the possibility of problems and work to minimize them. Inconclusive tests, false positives, and false negatives are impossible to completely eliminate, but an experienced lab staff ensures more accurate information from lab results. 

Your help is also needed to get more accurate results. Be sure to follow the instructions before a lab test to ensure best results; some tests require fasting, specific eating, drinking, and medication restrictions that can affect results if not followed properly.

Based on 20 years experience, Dr. Kang can offer you an informed analysis of your lab results, and our team is dedicated to properly gathering samples to provide you the most accurate results. So, if you’re getting ready to take lab tests and need an experienced medical staff to help you, make an appointment with Dr. Kang and 1st Choice Urgent Care.

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