Preparing for Your Test

Learn about how to best prepare for test(s).

Collecting A 24 Hours Urine Sample:

The patient should refrain from the following for 8-12 hours prior to collecting urine:

  • smoking
  • coffee
  • tea
  • vigorous exercise

Discard your first morning urine, then keep collecting every time you urinate for the next 24 hours. Your urine collection container must be kept refrigerated during the collection time and up until it is submitted. Please write your name, the date and time on your urine collection container for submission.

Fasting For Blood Work Testing:

The patient should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight of the previous day. You may drink liquids like water, black tea and black coffee, but please do not use sugar, milk or cream. You should continue to take medication unless advised not to take medication by your doctor. The following require fasting prior to testing:

  • Lipid
  • Glucose testing
  • Vitamin K
  • Alpha-2 macroglobulin
  • Calcitonin
  • Carotene
  • Vitamin A
  • Cholesterol
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Collagen type 1C-Telopeptide
  • Lactose

Preparation For An O&P and Stool Culture Test:

Please collect your stool sample in either a thoroughly-cleaned-out milk jug or in a stool collection hat (also know as a firemans hat). Please fill containers with stool to the line indicated on the side of container(s). Please write your name, the date and time on your stool collection container for submission.

Preparation For C-Diff, Adenovirus Testing:

Please collect your stool sample in either a thoroughly-cleaned-out milk jug or in a stool collection hat (also know as a firemans hat). Please fill containers with stool to the line indicated on the side of container(s). Please write your name, the date and time on your stool collection container for submission.

Preparation For Stool/Occult Blood Testing:

Please collect your stool sample in either a thoroughly-cleaned-out milk jug or in a stool collection hat (also know as a firemans hat). With the sticks provided, put a small amount stool on area of indicted on the Stool Occult Blood Card. Please write your name, the date and the time of collection on the card.

Preparation for Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Chromium Testing:

Please refrain from vitamins and alcohol for 24 hours prior to testing.

Preparation for Cadmium Testing:

Patient should refrain from eating seafood 3 days prior to testing.

Preparation for Citric Acid 24hr urine/Creatinine Testing:

Patient should refrain from medication for 3 days prior to testing. Please consult your doctor before taking this test.

Preparation for Copper and Copper/RBC Testing:

Patient should avoid vitamins for 7 days prior to testing.

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