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Laboratory Facilities

Ultrasound

Coest Laboratory Offers full service OB/GYN Scans on state of the art Philips Medical Equipment. The lab is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. All of our sonographers are experienced and board certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. The ultrasound interpretations are provided by the physicians of St. Vincent's Maternal Fetal Medicine Department.

Non Stress Testing

Non stress testing and fetal monitoring are performed at Coest Laboratory for patients of Women's Health Alliance. Monitoring of fetal heart rate and uterine contractions is performed for a variety of pregnancy related complications.

Mammography

Coest Laboratory offers screening and diagnostic mammography on Hologic Full Field Digital Equipment. We are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and FDA certified for both mammography and breast ultrasound. Interpretations are provided by the Indiana Radiology Partners. All mammographers are board certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Dexa

Osteoprosis testing is performed at Coest Laboratory on GE Lunar Prodigy equipment. Results are provided by referring physicians at Women's Health Alliance.

* Lead Physician, Amy Moon, M.D. is board certified in Bone Densitometry by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

Blood Draws

In house phlebotomy (blood draw) and clinical labs are provided by First Source Laboratory. Specimens are collected on-site and results are sent to your referring physician at Women's Health Alliance. Most results are reported in 24-48 hours. First Source offers Stat service if indicated.

Bone Density

Bone density screening is used to help detect thinning of the bones. It measures the density of the bones and classifies it as normal, osteopenia, or osteoporosis. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) is used most often to measure the bone density of your spine or hip. It is currently the most accurate test available. Risk factors that have been associated with osteoporosis include: Female, Caucasian, Menopausal, Family history, Small body frame, Obesity, Sedentary lifestyle, Tobacco use, Alcohol abuse, History of fractures, Diet low in calcium, and others.

Talk to your doctor about when you should begin screening.
www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp048.cfm

Pap Smear

A pap smear is a test used to screen for cervical cancer, (precancerous or cancerous cells). How often you need a pap smear depends on your health history, risk factors, and your doctor's recommendations.
It is currently recommended that women start having pap smears at age 21. All women need a yearly pelvic exam. Check with your health care provider to see how often you should have a pap smear.
If you do have had a pap smear and your results are abnormal, further testing may be required including a more frequent testing, biopsy, colposcopy, and other procedures to remove the abnormal cells.
www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp085.cfm
www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp161.cfm
www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Detection/Pap-test