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Hematology

Hematology is the science or study of blood, blood-forming organs and blood diseases. Whole blood is made up of several parts including but not limited to red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. At AIM Labs, our automated hematology analyzer provides rapid results in addition to manual slide reviews that aid Physicians in diagnosing blood disorders and malignancies including types of hemophilia, leukemia, lymphoma and sickle-cell anemia.

Common Tests Include

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) This automated test shows the kind and number of cells in your blood that physicians use to evaluate symptoms and help diagnose conditions and illness. It specifically measures White and red blood cell counts as well as platelets to determine any abnormalities in whole blood.
  • Manual Differentials A manual test in which peripheral blood is put onto a microscope slide and analyzed by a Technician to distinguish different white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets that some automated analyzers do not read.
  • Reticulocyte Count  helps determine if you are producing enough red blood cells and can help determine the cause of different types of anemia.
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)  Indirectly measures the degree of inflammation as a part of the body’s immune response. This is used as a screening test and not diagnostic and provides general information about possible presence of an inflammatory condition.
  • Hemoglobin A1C Valuable measure of the overall blood sugar levels over a period of time (2-3 months).
  • Complete Urinalysis with reflex to culture Urinalysis can determine a number of health problems ranging from kidney function to urinary tract infections. It also identifies substances that can cause metabolic problems as well as screen for diabetes.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)

This automated test shows the kind and number of cells in your blood that physicians use to evaluate symptoms and help diagnose conditions and illness. It specifically measures White and red blood cell counts as well as platelets to determine any abnormalities in whole blood.

Manual Differentials

A manual test in which peripheral blood is put onto a microscope slide and analyzed by a Technician to distinguish different white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets that some automated analyzers do not read.

Reticulocyte Count

Helps determine if you are producing enough red blood cells and can help determine the cause of different types of anemia.

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)

Indirectly measures the degree of inflammation as a part of the body’s immune response. This is used as a screening test and not diagnostic and provides general information about possible presence of an inflammatory condition.

Hemoglobin A1C

Valuable measure of the overall blood sugar levels over a period of time (2-3 months).

Complete Urinalysis with reflex to culture

Urinalysis can determine a number of health problems ranging from kidney function to urinary tract infections. It also identifies substances that can cause metabolic problems as well as screen for diabetes.

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      Frequently Asked Questions

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      What are the common symptoms of a UTI?

      UTIs can present with different symptoms for different people. Some of the more common symptoms that may indicate you may have a UTI include

      • A strong and frequent urge to urinate
      • A burning sensation when urinating
      • Strong smelling urine
      • Blood in the urine
      • Cloudy urine
      • Pain in the lower abdomen
      What is the common cause of a UTI?
        1. The most frequent cause of a UTI is the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli), which is typically found in the colon. However, sometimes other bacteria are responsible.
        2. UTIs can also be caused by an infection in the urethra. This can occur when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra.
      What are risk factors for developing a UTI?
        1. Women are at higher risk for developing a UTI. Risk factors for women include:
          • Age: The risk of UTIs increase with age
          • Incomplete bladder emptying
          • Sexual activity
          • Certain forms of contraceptives such as diaphragms and spermicidal agents
          • Menopause: A decline in estrogen causes changes in the urinary tract
        2. Other risk factors not specific to women include:
          • Abnormalities in the urinary tract: Such as kidney stones or an enlarged prostate
          • Immunosuppression
          • Diabetes
          • Catheter use
          • Recent urinary surgery
      What is the most common treatment for a UTI?

      UTIs are mainly treated with antibiotics in addition to drinking plenty of liquids, especially water

      How can you prevent a UTI?
        1. Drink plenty of water and other liquids
          1. Cranberry juice and blueberry juices are believed to help prevent infection
        2. Intake of probiotics such as yogurt
        3. Regular emptying of the bladder, especially following intercourse
        4. Ensure proper personal hygiene