Lab testing is an important component to any medical practice. In addition to traditional lab tests, we are certified to perform some tests in the office which is generally far less expensive and much more convenient for our patients. Some tests are best performed by specialized labs, and we work with several.
For conventional lab testing, we generally refer to Sonora Quest or to Lab Corp when a patient has health insurance which is likely to cover the cost of testing. For patients on Medicare or Medicaid (AHCCCS), it is best to have your primary care provider of record request the tests.
For patients who lack health insurance, we work with Ulta Labs to arrange for testing at a small fraction of the price usually paid to labs, but with the same quality and confidence.
Did you get labs done on your own but don’t know how to read the report(s)? No problem – bring it in and we will help explain it to you.
Our office is licensed to perform some tests in-office, for the convenience of our patients and continuity of care. The tests we perform include:
Urine Drug Screen
Occult Blood (Rectum)
Note: For low volume tests, we may have to order some supplies. Allow 24 hours for receipt.
Specialized Lab Tests
We are convinced that the accuracy of some testing is enhanced when completed at a specialty lab, so we work with several. For example, we provide testosterone therapy to both men and women who need it, and require monitoring of testosterone levels during and after therapy. Conventional labs are perfectly willing to puncture a vein, and collect blood for analysis. However, there are two potential issues with this (besides patient discomfort): 1) Testosterone levels fluctuate during the day, so samples must be collected first thing in the morning; 2) Serum levels tend to be most accurate for transdermal gel delivery of testosterone, but less so for hormone given under the skin or into a muscle. Specialty labs take this into consideration.
Labs we work with, and the tests we usually ask them to perform, include:
Labrix/Doctor’s Data – Hormones and neurotransmitters; Cortisol
ZRT – Hormones and neurotransmitters; Cortisol
Immunolabs – Food Allergy
In-Wellness Labs – General Allergy
Global Lyme Diagnostics – Lyme Disease
Spectracell – Cell nutrients
Laboratory for Advanced Medicine (IVY Gene) – Cancer Testing Breast, Colon, Liver, Lungs
Cologuard – Colon Cancer Screening
Genetic Testing for Weight Management
Copper Valley works with Kashi Labs to offer genetic testing for weight management.
Imaging studies are important to physicians for diagnosing conditions that range from a sprained ankle to gallstones (cholelithiasis). We work with both conventional and specialty imaging centers, including:
SimonMed, EVDI, and AzTech – X-rays, MRIs, Ultrasound, Mammograms
First Sense Medical – Breast Health Thermology for young women (poor candidates for mammography) as an adjunct to other evaluation methods.