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A urinalysis is a screening and/or diagnostic tool that can provide a wide range of information. This simple test screens for metabolic and kidney disorders by detecting substances such as protein or glucose in the urine. The test can also identify a urinary tract infection (UTI). For the best test results, plan to provide a urine sample in the early morning.
When do I need to get tested?
A urinalysis is most commonly performed when a person has symptoms of a UTI or some other urinary system problem, such as kidney disease. Some signs and symptoms may include:
- Painful or frequent urination
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Blood in the urine
HOW DO I GET TESTED?
To order your own lab tests, you just need to follow these three easy steps:
- Complete a lab order form for your test online and print it out to take with you to the DLO Patient Service Center. Follow the instructions on the laboratory test order form if fasting is required for the testing you are ordering.
- Visit any DLO Patient Service Center throughout Oklahoma. Check in with our friendly staff and give them your completed order form. Full payment is due at time of service before sample collection is performed. Note that we accept all major credit cards and checks. Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash payments. Have one of our skilled phlebotomists draw a blood sample or take a urine sample, who will send your sample to our laboratory for testing.
- Create a MyQuest™ account and view your test results through the MyQuest online patient portal. Test results are available through MyQuest within 7-10 business days of completing your lab work.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT-OF-RANGE?
If your results were abnormal or out-of range: Interpretations of urinalysis results may be quite complex. Abnormal findings are a warning that something may be wrong and should be evaluated further. Generally, the greater the concentration of the atypical substance, such as greatly increased amounts of glucose, protein, or red blood cells, the more likely a problem exists that needs to be addressed. Since the results may not indicate an exact cause of the abnormal finding(s) or whether or not it is a temporary or chronic condition, further testing may be ordered.
If your results were within normal range: A normal urinalysis does not guarantee that there is no illness. Some people will not release elevated amounts of a substance early in a disease process, and in other cases an abnormality is only detectable at sporadic intervals throughout a given day, which means that it may be missed by a single urine sample. In very dilute urine, small quantities of chemicals may be undetectable.
WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MY HEALTH AND LABORATORY TESTS?
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
- Lab Tests Online: labtestsonline.org
- WebMD: webmd.com
DLO Direct™ offers direct access to laboratory testing for informational purposes only. A DLO Direct lab test result is not a medical diagnosis and is not intended as medical advice. Only a healthcare provider can interpret lab results and diagnose a medical condition or disease.
Because tests have not been ordered by a healthcare provider, third party entities, including Medicare and Medicaid, will not reimburse for these tests.