Access Point Healthcare
Tarik Shaaban, MD
Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Integrative Medicine located in Panama City, FL
Lab testing makes diagnosing illness and disease a faster and more accurate process for medical professionals, allowing them to provide timely, effective treatment. Tarik Shaaban, MD, at Access Point Healthcare in Panama City, Florida, uses state-of-the-art medical technologies to offer his patients comprehensive care. Call the practice today to schedule an appointment, or book through this website.
Lab Testing Q & A
What is lab testing?
Lab testing is a method of determining how healthy you are from various points of view. It involves taking samples of blood, urine, and other bodily fluids or tissue to study them for abnormalities. It can also include digital X-rays.
Dr. Shaaban compares the sample to any samples he’s previously taken and considers your age, health history, diet, and prescribed medications you’re taking.
A lab test can be a routine part of a physical exam or a one-time test for a specific purpose. They allow Dr. Shaaban to monitor your well-being and to prescribe any necessary treatment.
What are common lab tests?
Access Point Healthcare offers many lab tests, including strep tests, pregnancy tests (blood and urine), mononucleosis testing, urinalysis, digital X-rays, and COVID-19 tests.
A blood test is the most common type of lab test. It gives Dr. Shaaban information about your health and well-being. Blood tests are used to monitor your complete blood count (CBC). They can also check for infection, assess liver, heart, kidney, and thyroid function, help monitor and diagnose diabetes, and check for abnormal bleeding.
Digital X-rays use digital sensors to take photos of your insides. They allow Dr. Shaaban to check for broken bones and diagnose and monitor health issues like heart disease, osteoporosis, and sinus problems.
Access Point Healthcare offers both the PCR test (nasal swab) and the rapid-response antigen test, as well as antibody tests. The PCR and antigen tests determine if you currently have coronavirus. The antibody test tells you if you’ve been infected in the past.
Allergy tests determine what substance triggers your allergy. Dr. Shaaban can do several different tests, including blood tests, patch tests, skin prick tests (SPT), and intradermal skin tests. He can also recommend elimination diets.
Lab testing allows Dr. Shaaban to catch any health issues early before they get worse.
What are the benefits of in-office lab testing?
Access Point Healthcare provides convenient in-house lab testing. The benefits of this type of service include:
- Faster diagnosis, sometimes immediate
- Faster treatment decisions
- Better relationships between patient and physician
- Faster medication adjustments
Many people find that by getting their results back sooner, they feel more engaged in their treatment and better connected with their doctor. Call Access Point Healthcare today to learn more or schedule a consultation online.