Lab testing can serve numerous purposes, from investigating particular symptoms to evaluating a patient’s overall health. Family Medicine Austin, at Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) and Genesis, offers basic onsite lab testing to adults, including tests for pregnancy, influenza, and strep throat. To learn more about lab testing or to make an appointment, please call the office today.
What lab testing services are available onsite?
Family Medicine Austin offers the following lab tests onsite:
- Urine pregnancy: Checks for the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, in your urine. If this hormone is present, you may be pregnant.
- Strep test: Determines whether you have an infection caused by streptococcal bacteria.
- Urine dipstick: Looks for the presence of blood, protein, or signs of infection in your urine.
- Influenza: Confirms or excludes the presence of influenza in patients with symptoms of this virus.
Based on the results of these tests, our practitioners can determine what treatments you need. If your urine pregnancy test is positive, we may refer you to an obstetrician for treatment. If your strep test is positive, however, they may prescribe an antibiotic.
If your urine dipstick test shows evidence of a possible infection or another condition, she may recommend other tests to find out more. Finally, if your influenza test comes back positive, we may prescribe medications or at-home treatments to help you recover.
What if I need more extensive lab testing?
If we determine that you need a test that isn’t available onsite, we will refer you to another laboratory. After we receive the results of your test, we will discuss them with you over the phone or in the office.
When should I expect my lab results?
The Family Medicine Austin lab processes each test quickly, so you’ll know the results of your test before you leave the office. However, if you were referred to another lab for more extensive testing, you may not get your results right away. Our staff can tell you when to expect results from an outside lab, though.
What do the results of my lab tests mean?
The results of a lab test can tell you whether you have a specific infection or condition. For example, if you have a positive pregnancy test, you’re probably pregnant. If you have a positive influenza test, you probably have the flu.
However, these tests aren’t foolproof. In some cases, you may have a false positive or false negative result. If your practitioner is concerned that the results of your test aren’t accurate, we may recommend further tests.