Lab Tests Specialist

Valley Internal Medicine Associates

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician & Sleep Specialist located in Mission, TX

Lab tests are routine screening procedures that can provide key information about your health and well-being. They can also alert you to serious health problems that don’t present obvious symptoms, like high cholesterol and diabetes. At Valley Internal Medicine Associates in Mission, Texas, Dr. Sathiyaraj George and the team offers comprehensive in-house lab tests like blood panels and diagnostic imaging. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Lab Tests Q&A

What are lab tests?

Lab tests are screening procedures that use a sample of your blood, urine, or other bodily fluids to gain insights about your health. Lab tests help your physician diagnose, screen, and monitor particular illnesses and conditions.

Lab tests play an important role in achieving whole-body health. When combined with a physical exam and a review of your health history, lab tests provide key treatment insights that can improve your well-being and longevity.

Why would I need a lab test?

Valley Internal Medicine Associates uses lab tests for several reasons, including:

  • To diagnose specific diseases and medical conditions
  • To rule out specific diseases and medical conditions
  • To screen for disease
  • To monitor disease or treatment

Lab tests also monitor your overall health. For example, a complete blood count (CBC) is a routine test that measures different substances in your blood. This information helps your provider determine your risk of certain ailments.

What are some common lab tests and diagnostic tests?

Valley Internal Medicine Associates offers a variety of lab and diagnostic tests, including:

Complete blood count

Your blood is primarily a liquid, but it also contains microscopic solids like red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A complete blood count (CBC) determines if there are any increases or decreases in these cell counts. Fluctuations can indicate an underlying health problem early on when it’s easiest to treat.

Lipid panel

A lipid panel is a lab test that measures the level of total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides in your blood. High cholesterol levels indicate a risk of heart disease. 

Glycated hemoglobin (A1C test)

An A1C screening is a lab test to determine your risk of diabetes. It measures your average blood sugar levels over the last two or three months. If you receive two or more readings with an A1C level of 6.5% or higher, it means you have diabetes.

Diabetic retinal exam

A diabetic retinal exam determines your risk of diabetic retinopathy. This condition causes a loss of vision due to high blood sugar levels. 


X-rays are a form of diagnostic imaging that looks at your bones and joints. Valley Internal Medicine Associates uses X-rays to diagnose fractures, dislocated joints, arthritis, and other conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system.

Heart tests

Valley Internal Medicine Associates offers several tests to monitor heart health. Depending on your health history and symptoms, you might need an electrocardiogram (EKG), an echocardiogram, ultrasound imaging, or a cardiovascular stress test.

What type of lab tests do I need?

No two patients require the same lab tests. Following a physical exam, a review of your health history, and a discussion of your symptoms, your provider can make recommendations that align with your individual needs. This might include one lab test or a combination of several.

To schedule a lab test appointment with Valley Internal Medicine Associates, call the office to speak with a team member or book a consultation online today.