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In-Office Labs

Keith L. Perkins, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Keith L. Perkins, M.D.

Internal Medicine & Pediatrician located in Selmer, TN

Getting tests and waiting for lab results can be frustrating, scary, and time-consuming. At Premier Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Selmer, Tennessee, you can easily get lab tests performed on the day of your doctor’s appointment and quickly receive your results. With results returning so quickly he can come up with a plan to help solve any problems that may be found.

In-Office Labs Q & A

What are in-office labs?

Instead of taking more time off work, visiting a separate lab location, and dealing with different medical staff, in-office labs allow you to get tests done right in Dr. Perkins’ office.

Because the lab tests occur on-site, you won’t have to worry about having your lab results sent to an out-of-network provider or worry about having your results lost or compromised in some way.

What are common lab tests?

Lab tests can be used as part of standard preventative care and as diagnostic tools for certain health conditions. As part of his integrative medicine approach, some of the tests Dr. Perkins and his team can perform include:

  • Comprehensive metabolic panel

  • Basic metabolic panel

  • Lipid panel

  • Drug screening

  • Urinalysis

  • Hemoglobin test

  • Influenza screenings

  • Complete blood count (CBC)

  • Electrolytes panel

  • Liver panel

  • Pap smear

  • Mono test

  • Semen analysis

  • Stool culture

Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Perkins might recommend one test or several tests or might refer you to a specialist.

How can I prepare to have lab work done?

To make sure your lab results are accurate, it’s important that you follow all instructions given to you before taking your test. You should receive written instructions about your lab test procedure before the test. Read those instructions carefully, and make sure to ask questions if anything is unclear.

Some tests might require an alteration in your diet or lifestyle. You might be asked to avoid eating, drinking water, or engaging in sexual activity before your test.

If you have deviated from the test instructions in any way, make sure to share this information with the physician who is administering your lab test. Also, be sure that you have informed Dr. Perkins and his staff of any medications or supplements you are currently taking.

How long do lab tests take?

In most cases, the actual lab test won’t take long at all. Many tests involve drawing blood, which takes about three minutes. Your actual appointment may take longer, especially if you have questions or need to fill out paperwork before your tests.

Dr. Perkins does everything possible to keep your appointment quick and efficient. To schedule a consultation or learn more about lab tests with Dr. Perkins, call the office or book your first appointment online today.