Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Clinical Chemistry Tests
Clinical chemistry tests in healthcare are diagnostic tests that are used to measure the levels of various substances in the body, such as hormones, enzymes, and other biomarkers. These tests may be used to diagnose and monitor a variety of medical conditions, such as diabetes, liver disease, and cancer.
Clinical chemistry tests are typically performed in a laboratory setting, using samples of blood, urine, or other bodily fluids. The samples are analyzed using specialized equipment and techniques to measure the levels of various substances in the body.
There are many different clinical chemistry tests available, and they are used to evaluate a wide range of conditions. Some common examples of clinical chemistry tests include:
Blood sugar (glucose) tests: These tests are used to diagnose and monitor diabetes and to assess the body’s ability to process sugar.
Lipid (cholesterol) panels: These tests measure the levels of various lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides, in the blood.
Liver function tests: These tests are used to evaluate the function of the liver and to diagnose liver conditions, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Thyroid function tests: These tests measure the levels of thyroid hormones and other substances in the blood to evaluate the function of the thyroid gland.