Understanding Lab and Imaging Tests
Understanding Lab and Imaging Tests is for anyone interested in learning more about how these types of tests are used to help detect (diagnose) and treat blood cancers (types of leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative disorders). This booklet describes a number of diagnostic and monitoring tests and what to expect. It also includes tips to help keep track of test results, questions to ask your healthcare provider and information about how The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) can help.
Tests may be done in your doctor's office, at an outpatient clinic, at a lab (for blood tests) or in the hospital. Check with your doctor about where you will be having your tests. He or she may want or require them to be done at the same place you will be receiving treatment. Insurance coverage may be determined based on where your testing is done. Always check with your doctor for specific pretest instructions. For example, you may need to fast (not eat or drink) for a specified number of hours before certain tests.