Laboratory

The Clinical Laboratory at Athena Hospital continues to offer state-of-the-art services to our patients. We can do more tests with less blood in a shorter time than ever before. This gives our physicians the timeliest information to aid them in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients. The Laboratory consists of Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank, Microbiology, and Pathology Departments all staffed with dedicated employees utilizing the most up-to-date instrumentation available to provide the most accurate and timely results.

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Microbiology

Clinical microbiologists serve an important role in the diagnosis, management and prevention of infections to patients. The identification of organisms is like a puzzle. These skilled professionals use tools such as culture media, biochemicals and high-tech instrumentation to solve these puzzles. Early diagnosis and treatment are usually more urgent with infectious disease than with any other type of disease process. The sooner the source of an infection is identified, the sooner the patient is on the road to recovery. Physicians along with the microbiology team, work together to provide a quick and accurate diagnosis to aid in a patient’s recovery.

Hematology

Hematology is an essential medical science that analyzes blood components. White and red cells as well as platelets are counted in sophisticated state-of-the-art instrumentation. Medical technologists and technicians examine cells under the microscope to check for abnormalities. The field of hematology also includes coagulation, which is the study of bleeding disorders such as hemophilia and the monitoring of anti-coagulation therapy. Medical technologists and technicians play a vital role in guiding the physician in the development of a patient’s diagnosis.

Urinalysis

Urinalysis includes examination for urinary color, appearance, specific gravity, pH, protein, sugar, ketones, red and white blood cells as well as microscopic examination.

Chemistry

The function of the clinical chemistry laboratory is to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis on blood,urine and body fluids. Skilled technologists and technicians using sound analytical methods and the most up-to-date instrumentation accurately perform these tests. Results of such tests as glucose, cholesterol, thyroid function, enzymes and therapeutic drug levels are useful to the physician in the diagnosis of disease.

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Histology

The histologist is responsible for the processing of tissue samples from specimens obtained from surgeries, doctor’s offices, and autopsies.