Direct Access Testing
CHRISTUS Spohn Laboratory now provides a Direct Access Testing program. Direct Access Testing (DAT) is ideal for people wishing to monitor their health status and make more informed decisions about their own health care. No physician’s orders are needed.
Test Result Confidentiality
Your DAT test results are completely confidential. CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital will not send your test results or other health information to any third party. You choose with whom to share the results. You may pick up your lab results personally or have the results mailed to you. Most results are available within 24 hours or less.
We recommend that you share any test results with your physician as part of any complete medical examination. If you do not have a physician, we can help you find a physician.
Since these tests are not ordered by a physician, most insurance companies will not reimburse you for the cost of the tests. Test prices are affordable and payment options include cash, check and major credit cards.
Individual Wellness Tests
While individual wellness tests can be used as screening tools to monitor your health between physician visits, it’s important to remember that lab tests alone should not be used to diagnose a clinical condition or disease. Abnormal test results should be evaluated by your physician.
Specialty Tests Offered
- ABO/Rh Blood Type and Rh (ABO/Rh) test is a person’s ABO/Rh is determined by genetic inheritance. Only compatible ABO/Rh types can be used during transfusions or transplants.
Glucose test measures the amount of blood glucose at the time of the test. It is used to detect hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, to help diagnose diabetes, and to monitor glucose levels between physician visits. Twelve hours of fasting is recommended for this test.
- Hemoglobin (A1C) test is commonly used by diabetics to monitor their control of glucose levels over a period of time. Unlike the glucose test that is a snapshot of current glucose levels, the
- A1C test measures the average glucose levels over the previous few months.
- HCG test is a qualitative test to detect increased levels of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. Used to confirm pregnancy.
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing is used to screen for prostate cancer, or to monitor the effectiveness of prostate cancer treatments.
- Prothrombin Time (PT/INR) measures the length of time it takes for your blood to clot. It’s often used by physicians to monitor the effectiveness of blood thinning drugs such as Coumadin, or to diagnose bleeding disorders. The INR is a calculation that can be used by a physician to adjust therapeutic drug levels.
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (THS) levels are used to evaluate thyroid function. It is used to evaluate symptoms of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism and may be ordered with other thyroid tests to assess total thyroid function.
Wellness Test Panels
Wellness test panels contain an array of tests that can be used in combination to assess the health of an individual. Your physician may look at a combination of related results or order additional testing to confirm abnormal results.
- Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP) contains the following eight tests: Glucose, Sodium, Chloride, Blood Urea Nitrogen, Calcium, Potassium, Carbon Dioxide, and Creatinine. The BMP gives your physician important information about the status of your kidneys’, blood sugar, electrolyte and acid/base balance.
Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP) contains a BMP plus the following tests: Albumin, Total Protein, Total Bilirubin, ALT, and AST. In addition to a BMP, the CMP contains tests to detect liver function and disorders.
- Hepatic Function Panel (HFP) contains the following tests: Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, ALT, Total and Direct Bilirubin, Total Protein, and AST. The HFP tests for liver function and disease. It may be used to monitor the effects of some drug therapies on liver function.
- The Urine Drug Screening (UDS) is available at the Beeville and Kleberg locations and screens for high levels of the following drugs: Phencyclidine, Cocaine, Methamphetamines, Opiates, Tricyclics, Methadone, Benzodiazipines, Amphetamines, Cannabinoids, Acetaminophin, and Barbituates. The Urine Drug Screening at the Alice location screens for the following drugs: Phencyclidine, Cocaine, Cannabinoids, Barbituates, Benzodiazipines, Amphetimines, Opiates, and Methadone. These screenings are not available at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Memorial or South.
- Lipid Panel contains the following tests: LDL (“bad” cholesterol), HDL (“good” cholesterol), Cholesterol, and Triglycerides. This test measures the blood’s fats. A ratio of total cholesterol and HDL can help determine cardiac health and risk factors. Eight to 12 hours of fasting is recommended for this test.
- RFP. The Renal Function Panel contains a BMP plus the following tests: Phosphorous and Albumin. In addition to a BMP, the RFP includes additional tests used to evaluate the kidney function and to help diagnose chronic and acute kidney disease.
- Urinalysis(UA) contains the following tests: Color, Specific Gravity, Glucose, Leukoesterase, Clarity, Protein, Ketones, Bilirubin, pH, Blood, and Nitrites. This test is a screening test for metabolic and kidney disorders.
- CBC with Auto Diff includes the following tests: White and Red Blood Cell Counts, Hemoglobin, Platelet Count, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, MPV, Hematocrit, and Automated Cell Differential. This test screens for cell abnormalities and evidence of medical conditions. White blood cell counts and differentials can be used as indicators of infection or cell disorders such as leukemia. Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, and Red Blood Cell Counts are common anemia indicators. Platelets are important components of blood clotting.