The IPE Screening Blog

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Keeping you and your family happy and healthy!

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we are all on high alert in an attempt to not contract the disease. The coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, according to the World … Read more

Cancer Antigen 125 (CA125) Test

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Cancer Antigen 125 test may be used to determine if cancer is present in the body. It can also be used to monitor levels during and after treatment of cancer. This is achieved by measuring the amount of a certain … Read more

Kidney Health

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We are in the middle of March madness now, and we haven’t talked about Kidney health yet! As well as being Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it is also Kidney Month! Your kidneys do so much for you! But do you … Read more

Colorectal Cancer Prevention

Colon Cancer

Did you know March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month? It is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society, Inc. Though, there is a slightly higher risk … Read more

Last-Minute Date Ideas in Springfield

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Need a last-minute date idea in or around Springfield? Maybe you forgot about an important date or you just want to surprise your special someone, no matter the reason these easy to execute date ideas are sure to be memorable!

Private and Simple Paternity Testing in Springfield MO

We understand that life happens. Paternity testing at IPE screening is a private and straightforward office visit. With a couple of swabs in cheeks, you can have answers to your questions with 100% certainty. Located on the Southeast corner of … Read more

Complete Blood Count: What is a CBC Test?

Do you feel lethargic, maybe got clammy hands, kind of a bluish tinge on your lips, pale skin, and just plain out of it for quite some time? When you’re lacking that rosy hue on your skin or you aren’t … Read more

Cholesterol Levels and Your Health

When you have a clogged drain in your kitchen or bathroom, it takes a long time for water to flow down smoothly. The same happens when the veins in your body are clogged due to elevated cholesterol levels; Nutrients, oxygen, … Read more

What are the Uses and Benefits of Paternity Testing?

Is there a medical condition you’re predisposed to because it runs in the family? Or perhaps you are adopted and never knew your parents? Paternity testing can give you all the answers you need. Learn what exactly a paternity test … Read more

DNA Testing in Springfield MO: Simple, Accurate, and Reliable

Did you know a quick and painless test can reveal any disease you’re predisposed to? This breakthrough in science and technology lets you in on the secret your DNA holds so you can have a healthier tomorrow by taking care … Read more

What is a TSH Test?

A TSH, also known as a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone is a blood test done to see if your thyroid functions are overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism). Even before symptoms occur the TSH test can reveal a Thyroid disorder. The test … Read more

Urine Drug – Lab Only

A Urine Drug Test will determine the presence or absence of drugs in a urine sample collected at the time of the test. The 5-Panel Urine Drug Test provides quantifiable results across a 1 to 4-day standard testing time frame … Read more

Rapid Urine Drug

Rapid Urine Drug A Rapid Urine Drug Test will determine the presence or absence of drugs in a urine sample collected at the time of the test. The 5-Panel Rapid Urine Drug Test provides rapid machine read results in 15 … Read more

Ferritin

Ferritin The ferritin test is ordered to assess a person’s iron stores in the body. The test is sometimes ordered along with an iron test and a TIBC to detect the presence and severity of iron deficiency or iron overload. … Read more

DNA Slim Weight Management

DNA Slim Weight Management Are you tired of trying everything to get fit, but nothing works? Have you ever thought about testing your DNA? Our Slim Weight Management Test will help you learn more about your Weight Loss Ability along … Read more

Total Iron-binding Capacity (TIBC)

Total Iron-binding Capacity (TIBC) Total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) is most frequently used along with a serum iron test to evaluate people suspected of having either iron deficiency or iron overload. These two tests are used to calculate the transferrin saturation, … Read more

Uric Acid

Uric Acid The uric acid blood test is used to detect high levels of this compound in the blood in order to help diagnose gout. The test is also used to monitor uric acid levels in people undergoing chemotherapy or … Read more

C-Reactive Protein (CRP)

C-Reactive Protein (CRP) The C-reactive protein (CRP) test is used by a health practitioner to detect inflammation. CRP is an acute phase reactant, a protein made by the liver and released into the blood within a few hours after tissue … Read more

Vitamin B12 and Folate

Vitamin B12 and Folate Vitamin B12 and folate are separate tests often used in conjunction to detect deficiencies and to help diagnose the cause of certain anemias, such as pernicious anemia, an autoimmune disease that affects the absorption of B12. … Read more

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) The comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) is used as a broad screening tool to evaluate organ function and check for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease. The CMP may also be ordered to monitor … Read more

Glucose

Glucose The blood glucose test may be used to: Detect high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) and low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) Screen for diabetes in people who are at risk before signs and symptoms are apparent; in some cases, there may be … Read more

Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (CCP)

Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (CCP) Antibody A cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibody test may be ordered along with or following a rheumatoid factor (RF) test to help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to assess the severity and probable course of the … Read more

Complete Blood Count (CBC)

Complete Blood Count (CBC) The complete blood count (CBC) is often used as a broad screening test to determine an individual’s general health status. A health practitioner typically evaluates and interprets results from the components of the CBC together. Depending … Read more

Lipid Profile

Lipid Profile The lipid profile is used as part of a cardiac risk assessment to help determine an individual’s risk of heart disease and to help make decisions about what treatment may be best if there is borderline or high … Read more

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B Hepatitis B virus (HBV) tests may be used for a variety of reasons. Some of the tests detect antibodies produced in response to HBV infection; some detect antigens produced by the virus, and others detect viral DNA. The … Read more

Thyroid Profile (T3, T4, T7, TSH)

Thyroid Profile (T3, T4, T7, TSH) A thyroid panel is used to evaluate thyroid function and/or help diagnose hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism due to various thyroid disorders. The panel typically includes tests for: Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) Free thyroxine (free T4) Total or free triiodothyronine (total or … Read more

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) The PSA test and digital rectal exam (DRE) may be used to screen both asymptomatic and symptomatic men for prostate cancer. PSA is a protein produced primarily by cells in the prostate and most of the … Read more

Measles, Mumps, and Rubeola (MMR)

Measles, Mumps, and Rubeola (MMR) Measles and mumps tests may be used to: Confirm that a person is immune to the viruses due to previous infections or vaccination Diagnose an active case of measles or mumps Detect, monitor, and track … Read more

Fructosamine

Fructosamine Fructosamine testing may be used to help a person with diabetes monitor and control his or her blood glucose level. The level of fructosamine in the blood is a reflection of glucose levels over the previous 2-3 weeks. (See … Read more

Rheumatoid Factor (RF)

Rheumatoid Factor (RF) The rheumatoid factor (RF) test is primarily used to help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to help distinguish RA from other forms of arthritis or other conditions that cause similar symptoms. The RF test must be interpreted … Read more

Urine Analysis (UA)

Urine Analysis (UA) The urinalysis is a set of screening tests that can detect some common diseases. It may be used to screen for and/or help diagnose conditions such as urinary tract infections, kidney disorders, liver problems, diabetes or other … Read more

Hemoccult

Hemoccult The main use for the Hemoccult (aka fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or the fecal immunochemical test (FIT)) is as a screen for early colon cancer. Most cases of colon cancer begin with the development of benign intestinal polyps. … Read more

Antithyroglobulin Antibody (ATA)

Antithyroglobulin Antibody Test Testing for thyroid antibodies, such as thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO), is primarily ordered to help diagnose an autoimmune thyroid disease and to distinguish it from other forms of thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid autoantibodies develop when a person’s immune … Read more

Free T4

Free T4 Free thyroxine (free T4) tests are used to help evaluate thyroid function and diagnose thyroid diseases, including hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, usually after discovering that the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level is abnormal. In general, high free T4 results … Read more

Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) – Serum Antigens – Tumor Markers

Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) – Serum Antigens – Tumor Markers The primary use for human leukocyte antigen (HLA) testing is to match organ and tissue transplant recipients with compatible donors. It identifies the major HLA genes a person has inherited … Read more

DNA Paternity Testing

DNA Paternity Testing Dealing with questionable paternity can be an emotionally draining experience. Whether you are an alleged father, mother, child or grandparent, these emotions range from anger to frustration to confusion and even embarrassment. Right now, you want those … Read more

Ovarian Cancer Marker (CA-125)

Cancer Antigen (CA) 125 Test Cancer Antigen 125 (CA-125) is a tumor marker primarily used to monitor therapy during treatment for ovarian cancer. CA-125 is also used to detect whether cancer has come back after treatment is complete. A series … Read more

Nicotine – Cotinine

Nicotine – Cotinine Nicotine, or its primary metabolite cotinine, is most often tested to evaluate tobacco use. Long-term smoking of tobacco products can increase the risk of developing many diseases including lung cancer, COPD, stroke, heart disease, and respiratory infections. … Read more

Progesterone

Progesterone A progesterone test may be used: To help recognize and manage some causes of infertility. Since progesterone levels vary throughout the menstrual cycle, multiple (serial) measurements can be used for this purpose. To determine whether or not a woman … Read more

Heavy Metals

Heavy Metals Heavy metals testing is used to screen for or to diagnose heavy metal poisoning in those who may have been acutely or chronically exposed to one or more heavy metals and to monitor excessive metal concentrations in those … Read more

Parathyroid Hormone (PTH)

Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) The so-called intact PTH is the most frequently ordered parathyroid hormone test. It is used to help diagnose the cause of a low or high calcium level and to help distinguish between parathyroid-related and non-parathyroid-related causes. It … Read more

Hemoglobin

Hemoglobin The hemoglobin test is often used to check for anemia, usually along with a hematocrit or as part of a complete blood count (CBC). The test may be used to screen for, diagnose, or monitor a number of conditions … Read more

Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEA-S)

Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEAS) The test for dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) is ordered along with tests for testosterone and several other male hormones (androgens) to: Evaluate adrenal gland function Distinguish DHEAS-secreting conditions that are caused by the adrenal glands from those that … Read more

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) – Sed Rate

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) – Sed Rate The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or sed rate) is a relatively simple, inexpensive, non-specific test that has been used for many years to help detect inflammation associated with conditions such as infections, cancers, … Read more

Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Follicle-stimulating Hormone (FSH) The test for follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a hormone associated with reproduction and the development of eggs in women and sperm in men, has several uses. Results of an FSH test are typically considered with results of other … Read more

Estrogens (Estradiol)

Estrogens (Estradiol) Estrogen tests are used to detect a deficiency or excess in a woman and to help diagnose a variety of conditions associated with this imbalance. They may also be used to help determine the timing of a woman’s … Read more

Breath Alcohol (BA)

Breath Alcohol (BA) Breath alcohol testing is performed when it is suspected that someone is intoxicated. Ethyl alcohol is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor. Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches. Alcohol … Read more

Vitamin D

Vitamin D A vitamin D test is used to: Determine if bone weakness, bone malformation, or abnormal metabolism of calcium (reflected by abnormal calcium, phosphorus, PTH) is occurring as a result of a deficiency or excess of vitamin D Help diagnose or monitor … Read more

Prothrombin Time and International Normalized Ratio

Prothrombin Time and International Normalized Ratio The prothrombin time (PT) is used, often along with a partial thromboplastin time (PTT), to help diagnose the cause of unexplained bleeding or inappropriate blood clots. The international normalized ratio (INR) is a calculation … Read more

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (UA)

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea (Urine Analysis) Chlamydia and Gonorrhea urine analysis is used to screen for, diagnose, and verify successful treatment of infections caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are two of the most common … Read more

Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH) The thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test is often the test of choice for evaluating thyroid function and/or symptoms of a thyroid disorder, including hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Whether high or low, an abnormal TSH indicates an excess or deficiency … Read more

Renal Function Panel

Renal Function Panel A renal panel may be used to evaluate kidney function, to help diagnose kidney-related disorders, to screen those who may be at risk of developing kidney disease or to monitor someone who has been diagnosed with kidney … Read more

Testosterone

Testosterone Testosterone testing is used to diagnose several conditions in men, women, girls, and boys. Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men, produced mainly by the testicles, and is responsible for male physical characteristics. Although it is considered to … Read more

Potassium

Potassium A potassium test is used to detect abnormal concentrations of potassium, including high potassium (hyperkalemia) and low potassium (hypokalemia). It is often used as part of an electrolyte panel or basic metabolic panel for a routine physical. Potassium urine … Read more

Hepatic Function – Liver Panel

Hepatic Function – Liver Panel A liver panel may be used to screen for liver damage, especially if someone has a condition or is taking a drug that may affect the liver. A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), which is often … Read more

Oral Fluid (Saliva) Drug 

Oral Fluid (Saliva) Drug  This non-invasive drug test uses saliva as the testing specimen. It provides detection for recent use of Amphetamines/Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Opiates, Phencyclidine, and Marijuana. Oral fluid drug testing uses an oral fluid swab collection method. The donor … Read more

HIV Antibody and HIV Antigen (p24)

HIV Antibody and HIV Antigen (p24) HIV antibody and HIV antigen (p24) testing is used to screen for and diagnose HIV infections. Early detection and treatment of HIV infection and immune system monitoring can greatly improve long-term health and survival. … Read more

Blood Typing – Rh Factor

Blood Typing – Rh Factor Blood typing is used to determine an individual’s blood group, to establish whether a person is blood group A, B, AB, or O and whether he or she is Rh positive or Rh negative. The … Read more

Urine Drug

Urine Drug A Urine Drug Test will determine the presence or absence of drugs in a urine sample collected at the time of the test. The 5-Panel Urine Drug Test provides quantifiable results across a 1 to 4-day standard testing … Read more

Iron

Iron Serum iron, total iron-binding capacity (TIBC), and/or transferrin tests are usually ordered together and, subsequently, the transferrin saturation can be determined and used to assess how much iron is being carried in the blood. A ferritin test may also … Read more

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C Hepatitis C tests are used to screen for and diagnose a hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, to guide therapy and/or to monitor the treatment of an HCV infection. An HCV antibody test is typically reported as “positive” or … Read more

Gluten Allergen

Gluten Allergen This test determines if you are allergic or hypersensitive to Gluten. Gluten is a combination of proteins that can be found in some grains like wheat, rye, and barley, or as an additive in many processed foods. Most gluten-sensitive people … Read more

Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP)

Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP) The basic metabolic panel (BMP) is used to check the status of a person’s kidneys and their electrolyte and acid/base balance, as well as their blood glucose level – all of which are related to a … Read more

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A This test is used to help diagnose a liver infection due to the hepatitis A virus (HAV). There are several causes of hepatitis and the accompanying symptoms, so this test may be used to determine if the symptoms … Read more

Antinuclear Antibody (ANA)

Antinuclear Antibody (ANA) Test The antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is used as a primary test to help evaluate a person for autoimmune disorders that affect many tissues and organs throughout the body (systemic) and is most often used as one … Read more

Hair Follicle Drug

Hair Follicle Drug A Hair Follicle Drug Test will determine the presence or absence of drugs in a hair sample by taking a small sample of hair from several inconspicuous spots on the head. The 5-Panel Hair Follicle Drug Test … Read more

Homocysteine

Homocysteine The homocysteine test may be used a few different ways: A health practitioner may order a homocysteine test to determine if a person has a vitamin B12 or folate deficiency. The homocysteine concentration may be elevated before B12 and folate tests are … Read more

Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR)

Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) or Syphilis tests are used to screen for and/or diagnose infection with Treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis. Care must be taken when interpreting results from tests for syphilis. Call (417) 881-2522 to … Read more

Dilantin (phenytoin) Levels

Phenytoin (Dilantin) The phenytoin test is used to measure and monitor the amount of phenytoin in the blood and to determine whether drug concentrations are in the therapeutic range. It may be ordered every few days when a person first … Read more