Lab work and imaging tests are a crucial part of preventing or treating gynecological conditions. OB/GYN Lawson Richter, MD, and his medical team offer an in-office lab and onsite ultrasounds at Compassionate Care for Women in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada, for added patient convenience. Call to schedule a women’s health exam, lab tests, or an ultrasound today or book an appointment online.
What are gynecological lab tests?
Lab tests are specific blood or tissue tests your gynecologist can use to confirm or rule out certain gynecological conditions to help prevent complications.
A phlebotomist at the in-office lab at Compassionate Care for Women takes blood samples for the lab to analyze. Dr. Richter also sends tissue samples from Pap tests, HPV tests, or other diagnostic procedures to the onsite lab for review.
Which lab or imaging tests might I require?
After reviewing your medical history and conducting a thorough medical and pelvic examination, Dr. Richter lets you know which lab or imaging tests you might require. He may recommend the following lab, imaging, or other diagnostic procedures based on your health:
- HIV or other sexually transmitted disease (STD) tests
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- CT scans
- MRI tests
- Pelvic or fetal ultrasounds
- Pap smears or HPV tests
- Bone density scans
- Tissue biopsies
Examples of blood tests Dr. Richter might recommend include a complete blood count, hormone blood tests, and kidney or liver function tests. He might also check your blood for evidence of a nutrient deficiency. The onsite lab analyzes tissue from Pap tests to screen for abnormal cervical cells and cervical cancer.
If you’re pregnant, have pelvic pain, or experience other symptoms of a gynecological condition, an onsite ultrasound tech at Compassionate Care for Women helps diagnose your condition or allows you to view your unborn baby.
How long will lab tests take?
Blood tests take just minutes to complete. The amount of time you wait for lab test results varies based on the type of lab test Dr. Richter orders. You might wait just 1-2 business days for general blood test results or 1-3 weeks for biopsy or Pap test results.
What if I have a gynecological condition?
When lab test results are available, Dr. Richter goes over them with you to establish an appropriate treatment if you have a gynecological or other health condition. Your individualized treatment plan might include:
- Making dietary and other lifestyle changes
- Taking medications
- Regular health monitoring
- Additional diagnostic testing
- In-office procedures
- Minimally-invasive surgery
If you do require treatment for an OB/GYN-related condition, you’re in good hands with Dr. Richter and his team as Compassionate Care for Women is one of the leading women’s health and wellness practices in the Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada area.