Reticulocyte Count

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The reticulocyte count is a blood test used to measure the amount of immature red blood cells in the body. This test helps assess a person’s overall health, as it provides information about the strength of their bone marrow and its ability to produce red blood cells. Elevated reticulocyte counts may indicate an underlying condition, such as anemia or vitamin deficiency, while low counts might indicate a problem with red blood cell production.

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Description

Reticulocyte count is a test used to measure the number of immature red blood cells (reticulocytes) in the blood. These cells are important because they indicate the health of the bone marrow (where red blood cells are made) and helps to determine the cause of anemia (low red blood cell count). Reticulocyte count is used as part of a comprehensive evaluation to assess an individual’s overall health, as well as when someone has symptoms of anemia such as fatigue or weakness. This test provides information about the body’s red blood cell production, as well as the ability of the bone marrow to produce these cells. High reticulocyte counts may indicate that the bone marrow is producing greater numbers of red blood cells in response to anemia or an underlying condition such as a vitamin deficiency or chronic disease, while low reticulocyte counts may indicate that the bone marrow is not producing adequate amounts of red blood cells.

FAQ's

AM I REQUIRED TO FAST?

You must fast at least twelve (12) hours prior to having your specimen collected.

IS A DOCTOR’S ORDER REQUIRED?

YES!

HOW LONG UNTIL MY RESULTS COME BACK?

LabCorp Not using insurance: Test results generally take between 24 to 72 business hours after your specimen is collected. If using insurance, the results may take longer.

Quest Diagnostics: Could take up to 10 business days.

Insurance Lab Requisition: Time frame varies depending on state.

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO HAVE MY LABS DRAWN?

You can walk in for same day testing at certain locations BUT we always recommend making an appointment at your lab location of choice to ensure you are seen in a timely fashion due to fasting.

You can walk in for same day testing at certain locations BUT we always recommend making an appointment at your lab location of choice to ensure you are seen in a timely fashion due to fasting.

Viking sends a copy of your Blood Test Order (Lab Requisition), electronically, to LabCorp or Quest depending on the choice you made.  A copy of the Blood Test Order will be sent to you via email. Please allow 24 hours or one business day for our staff to process your request.   It would be wise to bring the order with you to the lab as a reference when you arrive for your Lab appointment.

Make your appointment for a “Lab Draw” at your lab of choice.

LabCorp Locations and contact information: LabCorp Locations

Quest Locations and contact information: Quest Locations

HOW CAN I RECEIVE MY RESULTS?

Viking follows all HIPAA guidelines and state regulations regarding distribution of test results. You can choose to have your test results emailed or faxed. Patients can also create a patient portal via LabCorp/Quest and have access to their results online.

IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY TEST RESULTS, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

We recommend setting up a consultation via our website with our VIKING medical staff.  https://vikingalternative.com/schedule-consultation