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Screenings

Blood Pressure Screening (NO FEE)

Health Promotion staff can monitor your blood pressure at any time during regular facilty hours, or departments can call to sign up for an onsite blood pressure screening. Call 262-6314 for more information.

Blood Screenings

Health Promotion offers the following blood tests with a physician's order written on letterhead or prescription pad. Results will be sent to the requesting physician and to you. You MUST review these results with your physician.

An appointment is REQUIRED! Screenings are usually offered two times per month. Go to Health Promotion Calendar for dates and times, or call 262-6314 for more information.

In addition to your total blood work fee, there will be an additional $10 Health Promotion fee to cover personnel and supplies.

Cholesterol/Multichemistry Screening ($24) Physician's order not needed!

12-hour fast required. You may have water, black coffee, or plain tea.

The cholesterol/multichemistry blood test checks your cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, kidney and liver levels. Blood pressure and weight is also checked during this screening.

Complete Blood Count ($8)

White Blood Count (WBC): The number of white blood cells. High WBC can be a sign of infection. WBC is also increased in certain types of lukemia. Low white counts can be a sign of bone marrow diseases or an enlarged spleen.

Red Blood Cells (RBC): This helps diagnose a cause of an anemia. Low values suggest iron deficiency, high values suggest either deficiencies of B12 or Folate, ineffective production in the bone marrow, or recent blood loss with replacement by newer (and larger) cells from the bone marrow.

Hemoglobin (Hgb): The amount of oxygen carring protein contained within the red blood cells. Low Hgb or Hct suggests an anemia. Anemia can be due to nutritional deficiencies, blood loss, destruction of blood cells internally, or failure to produce blood in the bone marrow. High Hgb can occur due to lung disease, living at high altitude, or excessive bone marrow production of blood cells.

Hematocrit (Hct): The percentage of the blood volume occupied by red blood cells.

Platelet Count (PLT): This is the number of cells that plug up holes in your blood vessels and prevent bleeding. High values can occur with bleeding, cigarette smoking or excess production by the bone marrow. Low values can occur from premature destruction states such as Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP), acute blood loss, drug effect (such as heparin), infections with sepsis, entrapment of platelets in an enlarged spleen, or bone marrow failure from diseases such as myelofibrosis or leukemia. Low platelets also can occur from clumping of the platelets in a lavender colored tube.

Thyroid Panel ($25)

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH): This protein hormone is secreted by the pituitary gland and regulated by the thyroid gland. A high level suggests your thyroid is underactive, and a low level suggests your thyroid is overactive.

Thyroxine (T4): This shows the total amount of the T4. High levels may be due to hyperthyroidism, however technical artifact occurs when estrogen levels are higher from pregnancy, birth control pills or estrogen replacement therapy.

Triiodothyronine (T3): This is usually not ordered as a screening test, but rather when thyroid disease is being evaluated.

Hemoglobin A1c (Glycohemoglobin) ($14)

Measures the amount of glucose chemically attached to your red blood cells. Since blood cells live about 3 months, it gives your average glucose for the last 6 to 8 weeks. A high level suggests poor diabetes control.

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) ($16)

The PSA test measures the level of the PSA (a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland) in the blood. It is normal for men to have low levels of PSA in their blood; however, prostate cancer or benign conditions can increase PSA levels. PSA levels alone do not give doctors enough information to distinguish between benign prostate conditions and cancer. The doctor will take the result of the PSA test into account when deciding whether to check further for signs of prostate cancer.

 

Mammograms

The mammography screening is conducted by the Novant Health Breast Clinic  The Breast Clinic will not screen women who do not have a Primary Care Physician/OB/GYN, women younger than age 35, women with breast implants, women who are breast feeding, women who have a personal history of breast cancer, or women who are pregnant. You cannot have a screening if you have had a mammogram within the last 12 months. The fee is filed with the State Health Plan and/or Medicare. You must brind your insurance card and a photo ID. An appointment is required. Results are provided to you and to your primary care physician. Screenings are offered twice a year. Go to Health Promotion Calendar for dates, or call 262-6314 for more information.

 

Vision Screening

The Vision Screening is offered free of charge, and is conducted by a local optometrist who donates his time for faculty and staff.  He checks vision and intraocular pressure (glaucoma test).  An appointment is required.  Go to Health Promotion Calendar for date, or call 262-6314 for more information.