Multiphasic Blood Testing
Multiphasic testing is available Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm (excluding holidays) without a physician's order.
- Multiphasic with Lipid
- Multiphasic Only
- Lipid Panel
- Thyroid Screening (TSH only)
- Hemoglobin A1C
- PSA (Males only)
- Blood Type Rh
- Urine Drug Screen
- Urine Macroscopic (UTI)
- Fecal Occult Blood
Fairmont Regional Medical Center initiated the Multiphasic blood testing program in 1991. This popular program includes 22 tests that monitor all major body organs as well as glucose (blood sugar) and cholesterol test; a complete blood count is included for a cost of only $35.00.
Members of FRMC's 55+Connection receive special pricing on this test when they show their card. The comparable cost of having these tests done individually or not as part of a community health fair or similar event would be well over $200.
Other tests in this panel include tests for the following: liver enzymes which give an indication of how the liver is functioning; calcium and phosphorus which are an indication of bone health; uric acid levels which are an indicator of gout, creatinine and blood urea nitrogen which monitors kidney functions. The electrolytes (sodium, chloride, carbon dioxide and potassium) are responsible for chemical balance of the body and the maintenance of blood pressure.
Also available for a cost of $25 each are a lipid panel, which is a complete breakdown of cholesterol and assesses blood fats in your body that are associated with heart disease. and a PSA, or prostate specific antigen, which is a blood test for men to screen for the presence of prostate cancer and other conditions that would require medical attention. At the cost of $25, a thyroid panel measures the effectiveness of the thyroid gland which controls metabolism in the body.
When results are processed at Fairmont Regional Medical Center’s laboratory, they are screened for abnormalities. If a person has a result that needs immediate attention, they will receive a telephone call. We've detected early stages of leukemia, colon cancer, renal cancer, prostate cancer and many other conditions through this program. If a person needed hospitalization for treatment, we have found that early intervention leads to less complicated care.
Fasting for 12 hours prior to the testing is recommended. Participants receive a copy of the results and a booklet explaining what the tests are for in the mail approximately two days following.
For individuals wanting to speed up the registration process for this testing we have made available online the Multiphasic Registration Form. Please download and print this form and present the completed form to the registration clerks on the day of the program.
Download a Multiphasic Blood Testing form below
What is involved in a Complete Blood Count:
White blood cells and red blood cells are counted in this test which also measures hemoglobin, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration. A platelet count and other values are also included. White blood cells circulate in the bloodstream and fight pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. WBC's play a part in the body's immune system. Increases in WBC are seen in bacterial infections. Very large increases are seen in leukemia. Decreases may be seen in drug therapy or severe blood loss. This level varies with the time of day and is lowest in the morning, gradually rising until the middle of the afternoon.
RED BLOOD COUNT:
Red blood cells carry oxygen and provide energy for your system. Increases in RBC occur in dehydration, chronic heart disease and conditions such as polycythemia in which the body produces too many RBCs. Decreases are found in anemia, blood loss or B12, Folate and iron deficiency.
Hemoglobin is the oxygen carrying pigment in red blood cells. Increases occur in dehydration, some heart diseases and polycythemia. Anemic conditions result in decreased hemoglobin levels. Another group of tests are calculated indices to measure the amount of hemoglobin in the red blood cells. These are mean corpuscular volumes, mean corpuscular hemoglobin and concentration. These findings help the physician to classify the type of anemia a person may have.
Platelets are responsible for clotting of blood. Increases occur in bone fractures, acute infections and clotting disorders. Decreases occur in leukemia, anemia, blood loss and liver disorders.
CHEMISTRY PANELS (include testing which the physician generally monitors)
Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) and Creatinine are tests of normal kidney function; the electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Chloride and Carbon Dioxide) maintain chemical balance in the body. These are affected by dehydration, weight loss and other symptoms.
Glucose is the substance which provides energy to the body. Total protein is necessary to see if cells are functioning normally. Albumin is a protein that is necessary to maintain the pressure in blood vessels. Globulin is the protein which is associated with disease immunity. Calcium, Alkaline Phosphatase and Phosphorus are necessary for bone development and integrity. These reasons are why these values are monitored for increases or decreases that could signify major health problems.
Cholesterol is the fat which is related to coronary artery disease. Most physicians recommend levels below 200. Triglyceride is another fat associated with heart disease.
Liver functions are monitored through tests for uric acid, total bilirubin and other enzymes such as alkaline phosphatase, lactic dehydrogenase (LDH), and serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT). The latter elevates after a heart attack or other muscle damage.
You may click here to print and fill out the registration form and bring it with you when you come in for a Multiphasic.
For more information please call: (304) 367-7447.