The laboratory services are intended to provide the clinical testing needs of all Prima CARE patients. We perform a wide variety of routine testing that includes basic and special chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, coagulation studies, endocrinology and serology. All test results are sent via electronic reports to the Prima CARE ordering physician.
The Fall River Diagnostic Center uses state-of-the-art medical equipment for testing and treatment. Our phlebotomists are trained professionals that assist in obtaining, processing, storing and shipping biological samples, and all our radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Diagnostic radiology (also called diagnostic imaging) involves obtaining images of the inside of the body to help diagnose a wide range of health conditions and illnesses. Diagnostic radiology can be used to identify a wide array of conditions, such as broken bones, heart conditions, blood clots, cancer, and gastrointestinal conditions. In addition to identifying problems, doctors can use diagnostic radiology to monitor how your body is responding to a current treatment.
A tolerance test is used to determine a patient's response to certain substances. The patient follows instructions from the provider before reporting to the laboratory. At the laboratory, the patient is given a specific drink and blood is collected at different intervals. The patient is expected to stay in the collection station for up to five hours depending on the test ordered.
The patient collects the urine voided for a period of 24 hours and stores it refrigerated in a container provided by the laboratory. Specific instructions will be provided at the time the container is picked up.
The fecal sample is collected for a period of time and stored in a container. Special instructions will be provided by the laboratory.
Stool testing may require the specimen to be placed into several kinds of containers depending on the test ordered. The laboratory will provide these different containers with specific instructions. The collection of these samples will be done in the comfort of the patient's home.
It’s always important to follow your provider's instructions. However, most testing can be done in random specimens where there is no need to fast. Some tests should be performed on fasting specimens such as lipid, glucose or other special assays.
A good fasting is generally 12 hours without food or drink prior to the specimen collection. Special circumstances may prevent one from fasting. Always check with your provider.
It depends on the combination of tests ordered. Many tests can be done from a single tube of blood, others require a special tube with different additives in it.
It depends on the test. Some tests require morning specimens. In the case of Prothrombin Time (PT), it is preferred that the blood be collected in the morning so the result can go to the provider before the day is over. Ask your provider or the laboratory if there is a preferred time for your blood collection.
Please note that you cannot bring young children with you to your exam. Children under twelve (12) years are not allowed in the examination rooms and may not be left unattended in the waiting room. Radiology staff are not permitted to supervise children at any time.