Why a laboratory examination?
Have you been feeling listless and tired lately? Do you suspect something is wrong with your body? Or do you just what to know more about your health as a precaution? A laboratory examination on top of the body scan can then provide more clarity.
Prescan’s body scan gives a good indication of your health. The examination provides a good representation of the two- and three-dimensional structure of the major organs and blood vessels. However, a scan does not offer clarity on the functioning of an organ. It may therefore be advisable to do a laboratory examination in addition, as an add on to the body scan, based on a blood, urine and stool sample.
A laboratory examination can show diseases that cannot be seen on a scan. You will learn more about the functioning of organs, such as kidneys, thyroid and liver, your blood count, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as elevated glucose and/or elevated fat values and the chance of certain types of cancer, such as bowel cancer, prostate cancer.
We look at many laboratory values during a laboratory examination, which frequently plays a key role in detecting a specific disease or abnormality. It helps determine the success of a treatment, and can help in the prevention of a disease.
Values in a general bloodtest
One or more test tubes with blood are taken from a vein (usually in the arm) for a general blood test. The tube contains an anticoagulant, which prevents the blood from clotting. In the laboratory different values will be checked and these values indicate your condition of your health.
A general blood test checks, among other things, cholesterol levels in your blood - an important indicator for heart and vascular diseases. For men, the PSA values are measured to give a clear indication of the presence of prostate cancer. Further blood tests give an indication about the haemoglobin concentration (the amount of oxygen carrying protein), the haematocrit (volume of red blood cells in the blood taken), the glucose level (blood sugar levels) the number of red and white blood cells and the amount of platelets.
Urine- and faeces test
In addition to the general blood test the laboratory tests include a urine and faeces test. Like this we get a more complete picture of your current health situation.