How to choose the right lab for my tests?
Diagnostic laboratory – Introduction
A Diagnostic laboratory or clinical labs in recent years have become central locations for carrying out diagnostic testing that has become indispensable for identifying, detecting and monitoring diseases or conditions and for providing a prognosis for predicting treatment responses. There are over tens of thousands of tests and services available globally in in vitro diagnostic testing for a wide range of medical conditions.
The following basic guidelines would help you in choosing the right diagnostic centre for your diagnostic tests. With this information in hand, you can choose the right diagnostic centre saving both your time and money.
The Experience of the Medical Practitioner & Staff
The experience and the skills of the medical practitioner and the staff of the concerned diagnostic laboratory should be the number one priority when choosing a diagnostic centre. A diagnostic laboratory that has been well established for a substantial period and is run with proficiency, competence and expertise by professional and qualified lab personnel is the right lab for your prescribed diagnostic test.
In addition, choosing a lab that has an accreditation from a recognised Accreditation body such as the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) or NABL (The National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories) will give you the confidence about the manner in which the whole procedure right from sample collection and sample processing upto report generation is done. Reports from these labs can be guaranteed for their accurate and quality medical values, and help the patient and medical professional in their further treatment management. You should choose the diagnostic lab that adheres to the core professional ethics in medical practice in terms of-
The technology used in terms of hardware and software
Diagnostic and pathological labs that operate the latest technologies and use updated instruments should be given an upper hand unanimously. The latest technologies will process the data efficiently and provide you the precise data of high quality. Since many laboratories claim to have the latest technology, verifying this is really the case and that the patient is getting the genuine and authentic standardised test report is of high priority as well. Patients must confirm that the lab they choose is licensed to conduct a specific test.
Use of good technical instruments would also eliminate the risk of human errors while delivering health reports. The labs that use the latest technologies in the form of Digital Pathology, Molecular Diagnostics, Nanosensors and Pharmacogenomics (pathological tests at the genetic level) can be considered as one of the best diagnostic centres.
The cleanliness of the laboratory within its external and internal premises counts much in the selection of the diagnostic centre.
Accuracy of The Compiled Reports
Physicians or doctors carry out the treatments based on the report provided by the diagnostic centres and it is safe to select those medical diagnostic centres that provide you with accurate reports. Diagnostic reports contain precise details about the concerned patient and even a slight error can modify the entire outcome of the treatment and at times may even lead to loss of precious life. Therefore, the consistency and precision of the reports will also reflect on the credibility of the diagnostic centre.
The Service Policies of the Diagnostic Centre
The policies of the diagnostic centre towards its customers (patients) play a crucial role in selection of the right diagnostic centre. Factors such as the speed at which the lab reports are being delivered, the insurance cover offered by the lab to its customers, the behaviour and efficiency of the staff etc would help you in understanding the policies of the chosen diagnostic centre.
In this age of social media, you can also go through the reviews, comments on social media platforms about the diagnostic centres that would help you in taking a firmer stand about choosing the right diagnostic centre.
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