Laboratory

Southwest Family Physicians, Inc. is committed to providing high-quality laboratory testing.  We are fully accredited by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA) and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

Highly trained clinical personnel play a critical role in the examination of patient specimens.  Our doctors request lab testing as a tool in the detection, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.

Laboratory Testing

Chemistry Tests

Frequently ordered tests that give your doctor important information about the current status of your kidneys, liver, electrolyte balance as well as of your blood sugar and diabetic control, blood proteins, cardiovascular risk, muscle damage, nutrition, gout and other diseases.

  • Kidney Function: Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine
  • Liver Function: Alkaline Phosphatase (ALKP), Alanine Amino Transferase (ALT), Aspartate Amino Transferase (AST), Bilirubin
  • Electrolytes: Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Carbon Dioxide
  • Blood Sugar: Glucose
  • Diabetic Control: Hemoglobin A1c
  • Blood Proteins: Total Protein, Albumin
  • Cardiovascular Risk: Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL Cholesterol (good cholesterol), Calculated LDL Cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  • Muscle Damage or Heart Attack: Creatinine Kinase
  • Gout: Uric Acid
  • Conditions relating to the bones, heart, nerves, kidneys, or teeth: Calcium

Hematology Tests

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) with differential is a broad screening test used by your doctor to diagnose and monitor a variety of medical conditions such as anemia, infections, prolonged bleeding and bone marrow disease as well as many other conditions.

Urinalysis

A Urinalysis (UA) is ordered as a screening tool for urinary tract infections, kidney and metabolic disorders.

Other Tests

  • Thyroid Disorders: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
  • Prostate Cancer Screen: Prostatic Specific Antigen
  • Detect and Monitor Inflammation: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
  • Bleeding Disorders and Monitoring of Anti-Coagulants: Protime (PT) and International Normalized Ratio (INR)
  • Mononucleosis: Monospot
  • Strep Throat: Rapid Strep, Throat Culture
  • Pregnancy: Urine hCG
  • Influenza: Rapid Flu