St. Louis Community College

Virtual Tour of a Medical Laboratory


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The clinical laboratory you are about to tour is located at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles, Missouri.


The blood specimen is collected by a phlebotomist and submitted to the clinical or medical laboratory for testing.


Core Lab

Hematology counts and identifies cells in blood and other body fluids. Results may be used to detect anemia, leukemia, and infection or monitor therapy.

Cell counter Differential count

Coagulation analyzes the liquid part of blood for its clotting ability. Results may detect a bleeding disorder or be used to monitor anticoagulant therapy.


Urinalysis evaluates the physical, chemical, and cellular components of urine in order to detect kidney disease.


Chemistry analyzes blood and other body fluids for their chemical composition. These tests may indicate diabetes, liver disease or a heart attack. The results may show the risk level for developing arteriolosclerosis or detect the level of drugs present.


Immunology evaluates a patientís immune system by detecting the bodiesí response (an antibody) to a foreign agent (or antigen). The presence of antigens can be detected too.


Blood Bank Lab

Blood Bank types, screens for antibodies, and crossmatches patientís blood to ensure a compatible transfusion.

Blood Bank Units of Blood

Microbiology Lab

Microbiology cultivates and identifies disease-causing microorganisms. Tests are also performed to determine the antibiotics that will work against the infection.

Processing SpecimensAnalyzing Specimens Automated ID and Sensitivity testing Instrument

Meet the Detectives:

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