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Understand Cholesterol Testing

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Learn more about cholesterol and other lipids, and when testing may be appropriate.

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In-depth Feature Articles

To learn more about laboratory medicine in general and gain a greater understanding of how laboratory testing can impact your health care, read the following in-depth articles. These patient resources are intended to help you navigate the testing process, provide context for the lab tests you may need or have already completed, and give you a better understanding of your test results.

Test Preparation: Your Role

One of the most important factors in determining the accuracy and reliability is you and your test preparation.

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Follow That Blood Sample: A Short Lab Tour

Ever wonder what happens to your blood sample once it's been collected? Find out as you follow a blood sample through the laboratory.

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Laboratory Methods

Understanding the method used for a test provides a broader context for understanding your test results. Learn about a few common laboratory methods mentioned on this site.

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Medical Laboratory Professionals: Who's Who in the Lab

Learn about the roles and qualifications of the many skilled professionals who work in clinical laboratories, including technologists, pathologists, and other laboratorians.

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Putting New Laboratory Tests into Practice

Learn how and why different types of laboratory tests are developed, validated, and made available for use by patients and their healthcare practitioners.

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Wellness and Prevention in an Era of Patient Responsibility

As health care consumers have taken on more responsibility for their health, increased attention has been given to the value of preventive medicine. This article discusses how you can take an active role in your health care, offering general suggestions as well as more detail on the role of screening tests.

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Ask a Laboratory Scientist

Ask A Laboratory Scientist

This form enables patients to ask specific questions about lab tests. Your questions will be answered by a laboratory scientist as part of a voluntary service provided by one of our partners, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. Please allow 2-3 business days for an email response from one of the volunteers on the Consumer Information Response Team.

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