Laboratory Testing

Megan Dillman, MD -  - Internal Medicine Physician

MD²

Megan Dillman, MD

Internal Medicine Physician & Pediatrician located in Lakeville, MN

Laboratory testing gives your doctor essential information about your health. At MD² in Lakeville, Minnesota, double board-certified internal medicine and pediatrics specialist Megan Dillman, MD, offers a full range of laboratory testing services. Whether you need a complete blood count (CBC) or COVID-19 testing, MD² has the training and equipment to perform accurate testing. Call MD² or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Laboratory Testing Q&A

Laboratory testing examines your blood, urine, saliva, or bodily tissues to evaluate your health. Dr. Dillman and the team offer laboratory testing at the time of your appointment. 

They also have a separate lab for testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), COVID-19, strep throat, urine drug screenings, Department of Transportation (DOT) exams, and international normalized ratio (INR).

The onsite lab runs many of the tests in-house, while Quest Diagnostics® runs others via daily courier.

What are the different types of laboratory testing?

There are many types of laboratory testing. Some of the most common types include:

Complete blood count (CBC)

A CBC is one of the most common types of blood tests. It measures your levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, hemoglobin, and hematocrit.

STD testing

STD testing checks your blood or urine for the presence of sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Drug screening

A drug screening is a type of urinalysis that detects the presence of marijuana, amphetamines, methamphetamine, opiates, cocaine, and other drugs in your system.

COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing analyzes your mucus or saliva to diagnose SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Strep throat test

A strep throat test involves swabbing the mucus in your throat to look for strep A antigens. This rapid test can help diagnose strep throat quickly.

International normalized ratio (INR) test

An INR test tracks the amount of time it takes for your blood to clot. Dr. Dillman may order an INR test to monitor blood-thinning medications or diagnose a blood-clotting disorder.

Lipid panel

A lipid panel measures triglycerides — waxy substances in the blood — to determine whether you have high cholesterol.

Thyroid function test

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of your neck. The small gland helps regulate many of your basic functions, such as metabolism and temperature, through the thyroid stimulating hormone. A thyroid function test measures your hormone levels to diagnose or rule out a thyroid disorder.

Liver panel

A liver panel is a blood test that helps assess your liver function. Dr. Dillman may order this test to diagnose a liver disorder.

Rapid COVID-19 Testing 

Rapid COVID-19 testing is a fast and effective way to determine whether you have this highly contagious infection. At MD² in Lakeville, Minnesota, double board-certified internal medicine and pediatrics specialist Megan Dillman, MD, performs rapid COVID-19 testing at her office. If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, don’t hesitate to seek a rapid test at MD². Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

What is rapid COVID-19 testing?

COVID-19 is a potentially serious infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a type of coronavirus. Testing for the infection is the most effective way for public health officials to accurately record case numbers and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Unlike the molecular test, which magnifies sections of RNA to detect the virus’ presence, rapid testing (antigen testing) checks for protein markers on the outside of the virus.

How effective is rapid COVID-19 testing?

Rapid COVID-19 testing is most accurate when you have a high viral load. As a result, Dr. Dillman recommends visiting for a rapid test when you’re already exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Lethargy
  • Muscle aches
  • Body chills
  • Lost sense of taste and smell
  • Vomiting or diarrhea 

 

Most rapid tests can accurately detect the presence of COVID-19 1-5 days after your initial symptoms start.

What happens during rapid COVID-19 testing?

During a rapid COVID-19 test, Dr. Dillman collects a sample of your mucus using nasal swabs. She inserts the swab into your nostril to collect the specimen then repeats the process in your other nostril. The entire process is quick and painless. Most rapid COVID-19 tests take about five minutes or less.

How long does it take to get results from rapid COVID-19 testing?

Unlike molecular testing, which can take 24-72 hours to get results, your rapid test results are available within 24 hours. Dr. Dillman and the team at MD² can notify you of your results within hours of collection thanks to their onsite laboratory and partnership with Quest Diagnostics®.

What happens if my rapid COVID-19 test returns positive?

If you test positive for COVID-19, it’s essential to stay home and quarantine away from others. Self-isolation ensures you can’t spread the viral infection to your community. You may also need to contact anybody you’ve seen within the week before you received your positive result so they can seek testing.

The symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from mild to severe. Many individuals experience minor symptoms that require little more than rest, hydration, and over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu medication. However, if you experience difficulty breathing, sudden chest pain, or confusion, you should seek emergency care right away.

Why would I need laboratory testing?

At MD², Dr. Dillman and the team may recommend laboratory testing to:

  • Investigate new symptoms
  • Monitor an existing condition
  • Rule out certain diseases and infections
  • Detect the presence of drugs

To learn more about laboratory testing, call MD² or schedule an appointment online today.