Urinalysis Performed in Orlando, FL
Urine is a valuable medical tell-all. During a urinalysis, a medical professional evaluates the appearance, content, and concentration of a urine sample on a physical, chemical, and microscopic level.
The result of a urinalysis can help a physician detect and monitor a wide range of health conditions, including urinary tract infections (UTIs), diabetes, and kidney disease. For example, a UTI can make urine—which is normally clear—appear cloudy, while high protein content can be a sign of kidney disease. If a urinalysis produces an abnormal result, further testing is usually ordered to pinpoint the source of the problem.
Why Urine Tests Are Performed
A urinalysis may be performed for a variety of reasons. For instance, a physician may order this relatively quick and simple test to:
- Check a patient’s overall health during a routine physical examination, pregnancy checkup, pre-op appointment, or hospital admission
- Diagnose a health issue if a patient is experiencing abdominal pain, back pain, frequent or painful urination, bloody urine, or other urinary issues
- Monitor an existing medical condition, such as kidney disease
While some pregnancy tests and drug screenings also rely on a urine sample, these urine tests are designed to detect specific substances that are not checked for in a standard urinalysis. For instance, pregnancy tests measure the level of a hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), while drug tests can detect specific drugs or their metabolic products depending on the purpose of the testing.
At Optimum Direct Care, we perform a wide variety of diagnostic tests, including urinalysis, for our members in Orlando, FL. If our board-certified family practice physician, Dr. Toni “Muzzi” Muzzonigro, needs more information about your health, she may order a urinalysis, which we can immediately perform in our onsite clinical lab.
Contact Optimum Direct Care today if you would like more information or if you have any questions about how to prepare for a urinalysis.