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Medical People Lab

Fully staffed and equipped with state-of-the-art analytic equipment to provide fast, accurate results.

Once a patient has a diagnostic test performed, the wait time can be unbearable. Our Laboratory, which his accredited by the College of American Pathologists, strives to achieve patient and physician satisfaction, reduce delays and improve outcomes in every aspect of care. The lab is directed by Cynthia D. Westermann, M.D., who has nearly 30 years of experience and is certified by both the American Board of Pathology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Services and treatments offered:

Pathology Laboratory:

  • Urine cytology: A microscopic exam of urine to look for cancerous cells.

    A urine cytology is a test to determine abnormal cells in the urine, and is often prescribed in cases of blood in the urine or to test for bladder cancer. It involves the microscopic exam of urine by a pathologist to look for cancerous cells.
  • FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization): Detects genetic changes of cells in the urine, before a bladder tumor forms.

    This sophisticated test detects any genetic changes to the urine cells before a bladder tumor forms. It is typically ordered for patients with a history of bladder cancer or patients with hematuria (blood in the urine) who may have or could develop bladder cancer. In conjunction with a cystoscopy, the FISH procedure provides the best balance to monitor recurrent bladder cancer.

    During a FISH test, special colored dyes are attached to specific parts of bladder chromosomes so the physician can see them under a fluorescent microscope and detect cancer-promoting abnormalities. By identifying as few as four bladder cells with abnormal chromosomes, a physician can determine if bladder cancer is present or is likely to form in the near term.
  • Tissue analysis/biopsies: Diagnostic tissue testing and analysis for cancer cells.

    A biopsy is a sample of tissue taken from the body so that it may be examined more closely for cancer cells or other disease. Your physician usually will recommend a biopsy if a physical exam or related test indicates abnormalities in an area of the body. Biopsies are outpatient procedures that typically require some local or short general anesthesia.

    There are several kinds of biopsies, but most are performed with a needle. In some cases, if the tissue is difficult to access, laparoscopic surgery may be necessary.

Clinical Laboratory:

  • PSA test: A test to measure levels of prostate-specific antigens.

    The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, often combined with a digital rectal exam, is a common and reliable method to check for prostate cancer before symptoms appear.

    An estimated 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer this year – nationwide, that translates to one man every 18 minutes. The good news is the number has steadily dropped over the past 20 years, thanks to early diagnosis through PSA testing and better cancer treatment. Before the PSA, only 25 percent of men were curable when their cancer was found. Now, 90 percent of men with prostate cancer are curable at the time of diagnosis, and prostate cancer deaths in the United States have been reduced almost by half.

    You should always consult with your physician before taking any medical test.

    The Procedure:
    The PSA measures levels of prostate-specific antigens in the blood. In a digital rectal exam, the physician inserts a finger into the rectum in order to feel the prostate for irregularities.

    What To Expect:
    If either the PSA or the digital rectal exam is found to be abnormal, then the physician may order a prostate ultrasound (imaging test) and biopsy (examination of prostate tissue captured with a needle).
  • Urine culture: To identify organisms that may be causing a urinary tract infection.

    This test used is used to identify blood or organisms that may be causing a urinary tract infection. A routine urine test is typically done in the physician’s office, clinic or lab. The urine sample is tested with a treated chemical stick and examined under a microscope for the presence of bacteria or blood.

    A urine culture tests color, odor, pH levels, protein, glucose, blood, and nitrate levels, among other things.
  • Testosterone analysis: To check male hormone (androgen) levels in the blood.

    This blood test is advised in suspected cases of low testosterone. Patients with low testosterone may have low libido, fatigue or erectile dysfunction. Its purpose is to measure the level of male hormone (androgen) levels in the blood.
  • Blood test for kidney function (BUN/creatinine ratio)

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