Laboratory Testing Specialist

BridgeSpan Medicine

Adolescent Medicine Physicians & Pediatricians located in Purchase, NY

Laboratory testing may sound like a big deal, but it couldn’t be simpler at BridgeSpan Medicine in Purchase and Harrison, New York. The experienced team of adolescent medicine specialists handles all your child’s lab testing needs with a simple office visit. To learn more, book an appointment online or by phone today.

Laboratory Testing Q & A

What kind of laboratory testing is available?

BridgeSpan Medicine offers laboratory testing for a variety of needs. The three main methods of lab testing are blood, urine, and saliva samples. It’s generally an easy process to submit samples. 

Some of the lab tests available look for:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Sexually transmitted diseases: HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and others
  • Nutritional deficiency 
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Strep throat
  • Flu
  • COVID-19 
  • Mononucleosis
  • Lyme disease

Your child’s doctor may recommend a basic metabolic panel, a laboratory test that checks several things at one time. Laboratory testing is often an integral part of the diagnostic process, which is why BridgeSpan Medicine offers a full range of tests on-site. 

When does my child need laboratory testing?

Adolescents and young adults don’t generally need routine laboratory testing as often as older adults, but there are still times when it’s necessary. Your child may need laboratory testing if their doctor suspects an underlying health problem is causing their symptoms or issues. 

For example, if your child is overweight and mainly inactive, they have an increased chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, so their provider may perform lab testing to check blood sugar levels. 

Your child’s BridgeSpan Medicine doctor can do the laboratory testing on-site during their physical exam or sick visit, if needed. 

How does my child prepare for laboratory testing?

Before your child’s lab test, the BridgeSpan Medicine team tells you if they need to do anything special to prepare. For some kinds of lab tests, like a basic metabolic panel, your child often needs to fast (not eat or drink) starting the night before your appointment. 

Your child’s doctor may also recommend making some temporary medication changes before the laboratory test, as certain medications can interfere with clear test results. 

If your child’s having a urine test, they shouldn’t urinate ahead of their appointment. Although they don’t need a completely full bladder, they need to urinate enough to fill a small sample cup. 

Laboratory testing is an easy and convenient way to learn about hidden health issues. Book your child’s appointment using the online scheduler or call BridgeSpan Medicine to set up a visit.