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Common Questions About Lab Tests

Do I need to make an appointment for a blood test?

While the majority of lab tests may be collected without an appointment there are very few which require a scheduled time.

Do I need to fast before I have my blood drawn?

It is always best to ask your doctor if fasting, or other special requirements, are needed for your lab test.

Why did my doctor order a blood test?

There are hundreds of blood tests that can be ordered by your doctor. Many times a lab test is needed in order to determine a specific diagnosis or assist your doctor in determining if you might be at risk for a certain illness. Example: diabetes or high blood pressure.

When will my doctor have my blood test results?

The turnaround time of your blood tests can vary but many tests are completed and reported to your doctor within 24 hours.

Can I obtain a copy of my blood test results?

The MyHealth@Memorial patient portal is a secure, easy way to view your medical information. It is a free, online, patient-managed personal health record.

Who do I contact if I have a question about my bill?

You may receive more than one bill for pathology services.  You will receive one bill from the hospital (the technical component) and one bill from the pathologists (the professional component).  From the pathologist bill, depending on which tests your physician ordered, your bill might either be from Pathology Associates of Central Illinois (PACI), Clinical Pathologists of Central Illinois (CPCI), or both.

Hospital Bills: Contact the Patient Financial Services Center.

Pathology Bills: 

  • Clinical Pathologists of Central Illinois, Ltd.   217-522-7004

  • Pathology Associates of Central Illinois, Ltd.   800-535-3072

What do I need to bring with me when I visit an outpatient lab service location?

Please bring a copy of your lab order from your physician, insurance information and a photo ID.

Numbers to Know

Glucose Test Results

Relatively high amounts of sugar in your blood is typical of a patient with pre-diabetes, which can double the risk for heart disease, depending on other risk factors. Blood glucose tests are used to determine your risk for diabetes.

Use this form to monitor your glucose test results.

Lipid Test Results

Higher levels of cholesterol may increase your risk of heart disease, depending on other risk factors. cholesterol (lipid) tests are used to estimate your risk for heart disease.

Use this form to monitor your lipid test results.

Understanding Your Tests

Like many areas in medicine, clinical lab testing often provides few simple answers to commonly asked questions. Lab Tests Online® is a public resource on clinical lab testing from the laboratory professionals who do the testing.

Pathology Reports

What is a Pathology Report?

A pathology report is a medical document written by a pathologist.

The report contains highly technical medical terms because it is a communication between physicians. You are entitled by law to receive a copy of your report. Memorial Medical Center Laboratory has developed this document to help you further understand your pathology report.

How to Read Your Pathology Report