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PCR Amplification

PCR Amplification

PCR amplification is a popular method used to amplify the short DNA fragments, and also called “Molecular photocopying”. PCR is an acronym used for Polymerase chain reaction. Kerry Mullis was the first scientist, who introduced PCR with its remarkable applicability in genetic and molecular biology. It is a modern, inexpensive, and rapid (requires few hours) techniques of amplifying specific DNA sequences, while the traditional method was quite a time taking (requires several days or a week). Polymerase chain reaction can […]

Vanillylmandelic Acid (VMA) Urine Test

Vanillylmandelic Acid (VMA)

Screening children for catecholamine-secreting tumors with a 24-hour urine collection when requesting testing for only vanillylmandelic acid. Supporting a diagnosis of neuroblastoma Monitoring patients with a treated neuroblastoma Clinical Information  Vanillylmandelic acid (VMA) and other catecholamine metabolites (homovanillic acid [HVA] and dopamine) are typically elevated in patients with catecholamine-secreting tumors (eg, neuroblastoma, pheochromocytoma, and other neural crest tumors). VMA and HVA levels may also be useful in monitoring patients who have been treated as a […]

Urine Culture

Urine Culture

A urine culture is a test that can detect bacteria in your urine. This test can find and identify the germs that cause a urinary tract infection (UTI). Bacteria, which typically cause UTIs, can enter the urinary tract through the urethra. In the environment of your urinary tract, these bacteria can grow rapidly and develop into an infection. Also Known As:  Urine Culture and Sensitivity, Urine C and S, Urine for C/S, Urine For Culture, Urine […]

Urine Eosinophils

Urine Eosinophils

Investigation of possible acute interstitial nephritis Eosinophils are white blood cells that normally do not appear in urine. The presence of eosinophils in the urine is seen in acute interstitial nephritis, which is caused by an allergic reaction, typically to drugs. Specimen Type  Urine Specimen Required  Container/Tube: Unstained slide Specimen Volume: 1 slide Collection Instructions: Collect a random urine specimen. Spin 10 mL of a random urine collection in centrifuge. Pour off supernatant. Assess urine sediment for […]

Valproic Acid

Valproic Acid

A valproic acid test measures the amount of valproic acid, which is an anticonvulsant medicine, in a blood sample. Valproic acid is prescribed primarily to prevent seizures. Also Known As: Valproate, Free Valproic Acid Why Get Tested? To determine the concentration of valproic acid in your blood; the purpose is to maintain a therapeutic level and monitor toxicity. When To Get Tested? At regular intervals to monitor the drug’s level or when a person shows signs of toxicity […]

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is vital for good health. Your body needs steady levels of this nutrient to make enough red blood cells and keep your nervous system working. For most people who eat a balanced diet, low B12 levels are rare. But there are reasons why they may dip below normal. A simple blood test can show whether your levels are healthy, low or somewhere in between. Also Known As:  Cobalamin, Folic Acid, RBC Folate, Folacin, Vitamin B9 Why Get […]

Gluten Allergy Test

Gluten Allergy Test

This IgE allergy test uses a blood sample to determine if you are allergic or hypersensitive to Gluten. Gluten is a combination of proteins that can be found in some grains like wheat, rye and barley, or as an additive in many processed foods. Gluten allergies and sensitivities are typically less severe than other gluten-related conditions like Celiac disease. Symptoms of a gluten allergy may include abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea when they […]

Comprehensive Food Allergy Panel

Comprehensive Food Allergy Panel

Our Comprehensive Food Allergy IgE Test Panel uses a small blood sample to determine if you are allergic to any of the following common food allergies: Our Comprehensive Food Allergy IgE Test Panel uses a small blood sample to determine if you are allergic to any of the following common food allergies: Crab Chocolate (Cocoa/Cacao) Lobster Corn/Maize Cow’s Milk Egg White Egg Yolk Peanuts Soybeans Wheat Codfish Sesame seeds Almonds Cashews Walnuts Hazelnuts (Filberts) Tuna […]

Basic Food Allergy Panel

Basic Food Allergy Panel

A food allergy is a negative immune system reaction that can occur shortly after eating certain types of food. Your body reacts this way because it views the food you’re allergic to as invaders and creates antibodies known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) to fight against the foreign substances. This test searches the blood for these antibodies. This Basic Food Allergy test panel can determine if you are allergic to 15 of the most common allergenic […]

Autoclave Sterilization

Autoclave Sterilization

Autoclave sterilization is a moist heat sterilizing technique that is commonly used in laboratories, industries, and hospitals to purify the sample, equipment, glassware, etc. It uses high-pressure steam to destroy the bacterial cells, also called steam sterilization. It is one of the types of steam sterilizers that removes contaminants from the goods like the way a regular pressure cooker does. The products can be made sterile through successive stages of the sterilization cycle, which we […]

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