Urinalysis-Complete with Microscopic Examination


A urinalysis is done to detect abnormalities in the urine and to look for and manage kidney disease, urinary tract infections (common cause of mental changes, especially in the elderly). A urinalysis is used to check for crystals, bacteria and other organisms in. It also looks for cloudiness, unusual odors, acid concentration and protein levels. This is an excellent screening test to assess for systemic diseases such as diabetes and inflammatory diseases adjacent to the urinary tract. A urinalysis is one of several basic health screening tests and is extremely useful when evaluating overall health and well-being.


Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

A clean catch is recommended when completing a urine collection. Before producing the urine sample, drink plenty of fluids prior to the test. When giving the sample, allow 1-2 seconds of urine to flow before catching it in the sample container given to you at the lab. If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.
Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.