Complete Blood Count
What is the test?
A complete blood count (CBC) is a commonly requested diagnostic test that
provides an abundance of information.
This lab test typically is
for the presence of bacterial or viral infection by evaluating the white blood cell count
blood differential, which indicates what types of white blood cells predominate, to help determine if an
existing infection is bacterial, viral, or parasitic
blood hematocrit and hemoglobin in testing for anemia
platelet count and blood-clotting ability.
How do I prepare?
no special preparation or fasting required for a CBC.
How is the test done?
The CBC requires a needle stick, typically in the arm, to draw a sample of
your blood for analysis.
and when will I get my test results?
Lab test results are usually available either the same day or the following
day. The results will be sent directly to your doctor, who will share them with
is the test performed?
You may go to any of Cayuga
five Laboratory sites. The locations are:
Center at 101 Dates Drive in Ithaca; the Cayuga
at 1301 Trumansburg Road,
Ithaca; 5 Evergreen Street in Dryden; Convenient
Care at Ithaca on Arrowwood Drive off Warren Road; and Convenient Care at Cortland on Route 281 and Commons Avenue.
If you have questions regarding lab testing, you can reach the Cayuga
Medical Center Laboratory at (607) 274-4474.