Laboratory tests are ordered by physicians for diagnosis or screening of medical conditions ranging from routine cholesterol checks to sophisticated testing for cancer. A simple and quick blood draw or tissue biopsy can be used to diagnose, monitor, treat or prevent medical illnesses.

The laboratory is equipped with the latest, computerized instrumentation for quick and accurate inpatient and outpatient testing, enabling our skilled team of medical technologists to effectively process nearly a million lab tests annually.

General Laboratory Services—For Patients

Whether you need outpatient lab work or are staying in the hospital for inpatient services, UChicago Medicine provides the most comprehensive lab services available anywhere.

Through numerous lab specialties and processes, we offer an expansive array of tests performed by experienced laboratory professionals to provide insights on your health. Once your testing is complete, your results will be analyzed by one of our board-certified pathologists, and results will be sent in a timely manner to your doctor.

We can provide patients with a copy of their lab results for their own personal medical file upon request after a "release of information" form and proper ID are received by laboratory services.

Even if your doctor is not on staff at one of our UChicago Medicine facilities, you can have laboratory work done at one of our convenient locations. When the results are complete, we'll send them to your doctor via email.

For more information about our laboratory services or specific tests and their requirements, please call our Laboratory Service Center at 708-915-5760.

Lab Test & Recommended Fast: 

  • Fasting Blood Sugar - 8 hours
  • Lipid Profile - 12 hours
  • Basic Metabolic Profile (BMP) - 8 hours
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Profile (CMP) - 8 hours
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) - None
  • Protime (PT) - None
  • Hemoglobin A1C - None
  • Thyroid Testing - None

General Laboratory Services — Physicians, Doctor's Offices and Care Facilities

At UChicago Medicine, quality diagnostic testing is coupled with exceptional customer service. Our laboratory provides a full array of testing services to support your patient care at whatever level you may require, helping to make the process seamless for you and your patients. Specific departments within our general laboratory services include chemistry, hematology, phlebotomy and blood bank.

For your convenience, you can choose to collect specimens in your office and have us run the diagnostic/screening testing, or have us collect and test specimens directly with your patients.

Laboratory services are available for urgent or standard result times. We can analyze specimens at the cellular, chemical, endocrinological or immunologic levels.

Specific services include:

  • Blood gas analysis
  • Blood banking
  • Blood donor collections
  • Coagulation testing
  • Cytology
  • Endocrinology
  • Frozen section service
  • Hematology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Surgical pathology—e.g. autopsies, bone marrow aspirations, fine-needle aspirations and many other services

Our valued laboratory clients receive phlebotomy supplies free of charge for all testing sent to the UChicago Medicine laboratory for results and analysis. We also provide convenient professional courier services and mobile laboratory and radiology services.

About Your Bill

Our pathologists are part of Southwest Laboratory Physicians, a medical group associated with UChicago Medicine. You will see fees associated with Southwest Laboratory Physicians on your bill, even if you never went to a location called Southwest Laboratory Physicians. This professional fee reflects the pathologist's time and expertise in analyzing your sample.