Chemistry - The chemistry laboratory provides testing in:
- general chemistry
- therapeutic drug monitoring
- blood gases
- endocrinology (hormone levels)
- specialized stat testing to support critical care and emergency services
- screens Pap smears
- diagnosesspecimens from inpatient and outpatient visits
- analyses Human Papillomavirus (HPV) tests
- attends procedures to ensure specimens are gathered correctly for analysis
Coagulation- MMC coagulation department offers a full range of testing the body’s ability to stop bleeding (hemostasis).
Routine testing for anticoagulant therapy is offered 24 hours daily.Special testing performed daily as needed.Hypercoagulability testing performed once a week on Sundays.For questions, please refer to the laboratory test guide, or contact the department at 788-3096.
Cytology (cytopathology) — Our team works with our cytopathologists to diagnosis benign processes, precancerous lesions, cancer and certain infectious organisms on a microscopic cellular level. The cytology department:
- diagnoses Pap ”smears” and cells collected from other body sites
- tests for Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- attends certain scoped procedures at Memorial to ensure enough specimen is collected for adequate testing
Flow cytometry- We use laser technology and fluorescent labeling to evaluate cells. Flow cytometry most commonly monitors the levels of Helper T-cells in HIV patients, and can detect leukemia or lymphoma.
Hematology- We study blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets). Common tests performed include:
- Complete blood counts (CBC)
- Hemoglobin and hematocrit (H&H)
- Body fluid cell counts
These tests help diagnose infection and blood disorders such as anemia, leukemia and lymphoma.
Histocompatibility- We provide 24-hour on-call support of the kidney transplant program at Memorial. Recipients and donors are screened, and we use this information to help determine the best possible matches to reduce the risk of rejection. The Histocompatibility Laboratory is certified by the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI).
Histology- Histology is the study of tissues using microscopes. Histology often is used for:
- diagnosing disease and determining best treatment options
- forensic investigations
Immunology/Molecular- The immunology/molecular laboratory helps to diagnose, manage and monitor problems with the immune system.
Microbiology/Virology- The microbiology laboratory employs the latest technology for bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, virology, parasitology and molecular testing.
Phlebotomy- A 24-hour operation that involves a Phlebotomist obtaining multiple blood samples from inpatients and outpatients. This process is completed through venipuncture and other various methods and then is submitted to the Laboratory for testing.
Surgical pathology- We examine surgical specimens and biopsies submitted by surgeons and non-surgeons. The pathologist’s interpretation of a biopsy is important because we report if a tumor is malignant or benign. We also report types and stages of cancer.
Transfusion medicine- We perform:
- blood typing
- antibody screening
- specialized testing for patients with anemia or severe blood loss
- matching tests for transfusions
Blood products prepared in Transfusion Service include RBCs, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate.