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Laboratory Services in Arlington, TX

What Are Laboratory Services?

Laboratory services focus on collecting specimens and analyzing them for the diagnosis, treatment, or monitoring of a condition or symptom. The type of laboratory test ordered is dependent upon a patient's symptoms or condition. These tests may need to be performed on a regular basis for monitoring certain health disorders or illnesses.

The experienced medical professionals of USMD Hospital at Arlington collaborate to quickly and accurately perform diagnostic lab services. Lab technologists have specialized training and act as liaisons for physicians regarding lab results. Our laboratory is nationally recognized and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). To learn more about the diagnostic laboratory services we offer, please contact our hospital in Arlington, TX today.

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What Types of Diagnostic Testing Is Performed?

As a full-service hospital, we proudly provide inpatient, outpatient, and emergency laboratory services. Laboratory tests at USMD Hospital at Arlington must be ordered and authorized by your referring physician for you to be scheduled for a test. Our diagnostic laboratory houses a full-service transfusion blood bank. We also have a microbiology department that performs identification and sensitivity testing for antibiotic selection. Some of the most common lab tests we provide include:

  • Lipid panels: Performed to measure cholesterol and triglyceride levels for cardiac care
  • Complete blood count (CBC): Used as a measure of health and to screen for potential disorders or deficiencies
  • Cultures: Conducted for illnesses caused by potential infections. Microorganisms are collected and tested to determine what foreign body is present in order to determine antibiotic treatment.

What are the Benefits of Laboratory Services?

Laboratory services provide valuable information for the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of various diseases and conditions. Here are some of the key benefits of the services provided by USMD Hospital at Arlington:

  • Accurate diagnosis: Laboratory tests can help confirm or rule out a potential diagnosis, allowing for appropriate treatment to be administered.
  • Early detection: Certain lab tests can detect diseases at an early stage, providing the opportunity for early intervention and potentially improving outcomes.
  • Monitoring of chronic conditions: Regular testing in Arlington, TX can help monitor the progression of chronic diseases and inform treatment plans.
  • Quick results: Our laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, allowing for accurate and timely results to be delivered to your doctor.

What Can I Expect from My Lab Tests?

Any preparation required for lab testing at our hospital will be discussed with you before the test. You may be asked to fast for a period of time, usually eight hours, before a test to ensure accurate results. Depending on the type of test, you may also be required to avoid consuming certain foods, vitamins, or other items that could impact your lab results.

Samples may be collected in a number of ways, such as through a blood draw, and are analyzed in our laboratory. Lab results are then sent to your referring physician typically within 24 – 48 hours. Results for testing that is more complex in nature may take longer to process. Your doctor can utilize these lab results to better understand your symptoms, potentially prevent the progression of disease, and help you make informed decisions about your treatment and overall health.

What Should I Do to Prepare for My Lab Tests?
The preparation instructions you receive for your lab tests will depend on the type of test that you are receiving. Prior to your lab services, you should receive instructions from your physician and lab technicians. These instructions can range from being asked to fast for a certain period of time to being asked to refrain from certain foods. If you have additional questions regarding the preparation for your lab tests, please consult your USMD Hospital at Arlington physician.
Do I Need a Physician’s Referral to Have a Lab Test Performed?
Laboratory tests must be ordered and authorized by your referring physician to be performed at USMD Hospital at Arlington. Our full-service lab provides outpatients, inpatient, and emergency lab tests when referred by a physician. If you are in need of a specific test, please contact your physician for more information about how you can obtain it.
When Will I Get My Laboratory Test Results?
The turnaround time for getting your test results will depend on the type of test being performed. Generally, lab results are sent to your referring physician within 24 – 48 hours, and your physician will notify you of the results and required actions. If you have specific questions about turnaround time, please consult your USMD Hospital at Arlington physician.
Does Insurance Cover Laboratory Services?
Lab tests for Dallas/Fort Worth patients may be covered in part under their medical insurance plans. Prior to your tests, we recommend calling your insurance provider to discuss your benefits with them and ensure that you understand what is covered. Our team can assist you in navigating your billing so that you can better afford the care that you need.

Reliable Results for Your Health

We are proud to offer the clinical care you need to effectively manage your health. Our on-site laboratory services provide an additional layer of convenience when you choose USMD Hospital at Arlington for your medical care. If you are in need of diagnostic laboratory services in DFW or across North Texas, please contact our hospital today.

USMD Hospital at Arlington is a joint venture with Texas Health Resources and meets the definition under federal law of a physician-owned hospital. Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital. A list of physician owners is available upon request.