Traditional Lab Testing
Traditional lab testing consists of most of the types of laboratory tests that many physicians have prescribed for years to diagnose and treat both pathogens (microorganisms that cause disease) and general indicators of medical conditions, such as high cholesterol.
In simple terms, traditional testing falls into two categories:
- It uses conventional biological and chemical assays to analyze compounds present in blood, urine, and saliva, for example, a lipid panel, e.g., a cholesterol test.
- It also may use microbiology, and chemical analysis to detect pathogens in samples taken from patients, e.g., a routine blood culture.