LABORATORY SERVICES

What we offer:

We offer over 1,000 different lab tests, of which 80% are priced below $20.00. These tests are available at many of Sun Health & Dental's contracted physicians’ offices & diagnostic centers near you.

One of the most important and frequently requested tests is the comprehensive Five Panel Health Screening. Sun Health & Dental members and their family. Sun Health & Dental members pay only $12.50 for this vital diagnostic test which regularly costs over $400.00.

Getting a picture of where you stand in regards to your health has never been easier!

Five Panel Health Screening includes the following:


• Complete Blood Count (CBC)

• Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), 

• Lipid Profile

• TSH, Thyroid Panel 

• Urinalysis  

Complete Blood Count:

A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test used to evaluate your overall health and to detect a wide range of disorders, including Anemia, infections and Leukemia.

Evaluation of White Blood Cells: White blood cells exist in the blood, the lymphatic system, and are an important part of the body's defense system. They help protect against infections and also have a role in inflammation, allergic responses, and protecting against cancer. The white blood cell (WBC) count totals the number of white blood cells in a person's sample of blood. It is one test which is often used in the general evaluation of a person's health.

Evaluation of Red Blood Cells: A red blood cell count is a blood test that your doctor uses to find out how many red blood cells (RBCs) you have. The test is important because RBCs contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to your body’s tissues. The number of RBCs you have can affect how much oxygen your tissues receive. Your tissues need oxygen to function. Test includes: RBC count, hemoglobin (Hb), hematocrit (Hct) and RBC indices, which includes mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH), mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), and red cell distribution width (RDW). The RBC evaluation may or may not include reticulocyte count.

Evaluation of platelets: Platelets play a central role in hemostasis. Consequently, they lie at the heart of many inherited and acquired bleeding disorders and thrombotic events. The diagnosis of these disorders and monitoring of antiplatelet therapy require a thorough understanding of tests that measure platelet quantity and function. Platelet count may or may not include mean platelet volume (MPV) and/or platelet distribution width (PDW).


Comprehensive Metabolic Panel:

A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is a blood test that measures your sugar (glucose) level, electrolyte and fluid balance, kidney function, and liver function and several other key indicators of health such as:


Glucose: energy source for the body; a steady supply must be available for use, and a relatively constant level of glucose must be maintained in the blood.


Calcium: one of the most important minerals in the body; it is essential for the proper functioning of muscles, nerves, and the heart and is required in blood clotting and in the formation of bones.

Total Protein - Tests proteins found in the fluid portion of your blood. These are albumin and globulin.


Albumin: a small protein produced in the liver. If you have a lower albumin level, you may have malnutrition. It can also mean that you have liver disease or an inflammatory disease. Higher albumin levels may be caused by acute infections, burns, and stress from surgery or a heart attack.

Globulin - Globulins are a group of proteins in your blood. They are made in your liver by your immune system. Globulins play an important role in liver function, blood clotting, and fighting infection.Low globulin levels can be a sign of liver or kidney disease. High levels may indicate infection, inflammatory disease or immune disorders. High globulin levels may also indicate certain types of cancer, such as multiple myeloma, Hodgkin's disease, or malignant lymphoma.

Kidney Tests including:

Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN): a waste product filtered out of the blood by the kidneys; conditions that affect the kidney have the potential to affect the amount of urea in the blood.

Creatinine: waste product produced in the muscles; it is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys so blood levels are a good indication of how well the kidneys are working.


Liver Tests including:

ALP (alkaline phosphatase): enzyme found in the liver and other tissues, bone; elevated levels of ALP in the blood are most commonly caused by liver disease or bone disorders.


ALT (alanine amino transferase): enzyme found mostly in the cells of the liver and kidney; a useful test for detecting liver damage.


AST (aspartate amino transferase): enzyme found especially in cells in the heart and liver; also a useful test for detecting liver damage.


Bilirubin: waste product produced by the liver as it breaks down and recycles aged red blood cells.


Electrolyte Level Testing includes:


Sodium - vital to normal body processes, including nerve and muscle function.

Potassium - vital to cell metabolism and muscle function.


CO2 (carbon dioxide, bicarbonate) - helps to maintain the body's acid-base balance (pH).


Chloride - helps to regulate the amount of fluid in the body and maintain the acid-base balance.

Lipid Profile Test:


High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) — often called "good cholesterol" because it removes excess cholesterol and carries it to the liver for removal.


Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — often called "bad cholesterol" because it deposits excess cholesterol in the walls of blood vessels, which can contribute to atherosclerosis.


Triglycerides: Triglycerides are a type of fat. They are the most common type of fat in your body. They come from foods, especially butter, oils, and other fats you eat. Triglycerides also come from extra calories. These are the calories that you eat, but your body does not need right away. Your body changes these extra calories into triglycerides, and stores them in fat cells. When your body needs energy, it releases the triglycerides.


TSH Thyroid Panel:

A thyroid panel is a group of tests that may be ordered together to help evaluate thyroid gland function and to help diagnose thyroid disorders. The tests included in a thyroid panel measure the amount of thyroid hormones in the blood. These hormones are chemical substances that travel through the blood and control or regulate the body's metabolism, how it functions and uses energy.

Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland, a tiny organ located below the brain and behind the sinus cavities. TSH stimulates the thyroid gland to release the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) into the blood. These thyroid hormones help control the rate at which the body uses energy. This test measures the amount of TSH in the blood.

Urinalysis:


Urinalysis is a test of your urine. It is often done to check for a urinary tract infections, kidney problems, or diabetes. You may also have one during a checkup, if you are admitted to the hospital, before you have surgery, or if you are pregnant. It can also monitor some medical conditions and treatments, and consists of three distinct testing phases:

Visual examination: evaluates the urine's color and clarity.

Chemical examination: tests chemically for about 9 substances that provide valuable information about health and disease and determines the concentration of the urine.

Microscopic examination: identifies and counts the type of cells, casts, crystals, and other components such as bacteria and mucus that can be present in urine.

Other important lab services available to members:

DNA Tests

Cancer Screenings 

Pharmacogenomics


Why are lab tests important?

Clinical laboratory services are a vital part of determining your current health status.  A timely annual blood test can save your life or put you on the correct treatment plan. This indispensable service is used by healthcare professionals all around the world to establish a baseline for the current health functions of the body chemistry of new patients and existing patients.

These results are compared to established norms that provide information about your current health status. If you are an established patient, your doctor can use these clinical lab results to conclude how you respond to a treatment plan or if the medications you are currently prescribed are having positive results.

Contracted Lab Providers

Because these services play a vital role in knowing and protecting your health, Sun Health and Dental has contracted with a nationally accredited clinical laboratories, these contracted labs providers are some of the most advanced clinical laboratories in the country and are located throughout Florida.  Sun Health& Dental only contracts labs that meet our strictest standards for details and excellence in customer service.

Most of our contracted labs offers Sun Health & Dental members access to blood collection services at home for a nominal fee. To schedule a home-based service, do not hesitate to contact our customer service department and we will help you schedule your home visit.

What are some common blood chemistry results and what do they mean?

• High cholesterol or lipids are indicators of possible coronary heart problems.

• Low testosterone in men can cause lack of energy.

• Elevated hemoglobin A1c may indicate diabetes.

• Thyroid levels that are too high or too low can be a serious problem.

• Elevated prostate antigens are an early warning of cancer.

Lab tests help catch these and allow for proper treatment to begin.

What are medical laboratory tests?

Laboratory tests are tests performed on blood, body fluids, tissues and other substances to determine what is normal or what is abnormal for you as a patient.

Why are medical laboratory tests performed?

It has been estimated that 60% to 70% of diagnoses and / or treatments are based on laboratory tests. Your doctor may order one or more lab tests depending on your condition. Your doctor uses laboratory results to identify changes in your health status, diagnose a disease or condition, plan your treatment, evaluate your response to a treatment or control the course of a disease over time.

When will the results of my test be available?

Most test results are available within a week and some results are available within 4 to 24 hours. Multiple factors affect the availability of test results. Tissue samples, such as a tumor that is tested for cancer, can take days to complete due to the numerous and complex steps that must be taken to process the sample and requests for additional studies. Samples that are tested for bacteria or other microorganisms are grown so that organisms can grow to a level where they can be seen.  

Routine cultures (for example, streptococcal infections or urinary tract infection) take a minimum of 24-48 hours to grow; other cultures (for example, tuberculosis) can take up to 21 days to grow. Many times, positive cultures require additional steps, such as identification of the organism and susceptibility to antibiotics.  Other specialized tests can be sent to an external reference laboratory; this can lengthen the response time.

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