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Urinalysis, Urine Dipstick Test
Urinalysis is a test that examines the visual, chemical and microscopic aspects of your urine . It can include a variety of tests that detect and measure various compounds that pass through your urine using a single sample of urine. An analysis that includes various tests to examine the urine contents for any abnormalities that indicate a disease condition or infection. The test is used to detect and manage a wide range of disorders, such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease and diabetes.
Urinalysis is used to detect and manage a wide range of disorders, such as urinary tract infections, kidney disease and diabetes.
Urinalysis involves examining the visual, chemical and microscopic aspects of your urine using a single sample of urine.
Test Preparation / Instructions:
- The lab issued container should be sterile, screw-top container with your name, date of birth and the date.
- Wash your hands.
- Start to urinate and collect a sample of urine “mid-stream” in the container.
- Screw the lid of the container shut.
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Deliver the sample to the lab as soon as possible, ideally within 4 hours of collection.
- The urine sample is examined visually for color and clarity.
- A dipstick test is used to detect abnormalities in the urine’s chemical composition. Parameters include
- A microscope is used to examine the urine for cells, bacteria, crystals and other substances.
The results of urinalysis are interpreted based on the presence or absence of various substances in your urine. The color chart is used to estimate the relative concentration of the analytes assayed.
The reference range varies for each parameter. Each dipstick container comes with a chart showing the normal as well as abnormal ranges.
Your healthcare provider may recommend additional testing based on the results of your urinalysis.