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Urinalysis Macroscopic, Dipstick

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The Urinalysis Macroscopic, Dipstick Test is a comprehensive urine examination assessing color, clarity, and pH level to provide insights into urinary system health.


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Bring the specimen container into the urine stream and collect a “midstream” specimen. Stop when the container is approximately half full.

Test Results:

1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday, or lab delays.

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What is the purpose of this test?

Order this Urinalysis Macroscopic, Dipstick Test, which is a comprehensive urine examination assessing color, clarity, and pH level to provide insights into urinary system health. The testing of urine, known as urinalysis, includes physical, chemical, and microscopic evaluations to detect and measure various elements present in the urine, such as cells, cellular fragments, and microbes. These elements help identify potential health issues and byproducts of healthy and unhealthy metabolism. 


The kidneys, two organs near the base of the rib cage, produce urine. Maintaining the body's water balance, filtering waste products from the blood, and storing proteins, electrolytes, and other molecules for later use are the primary roles of the kidneys. Urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder through the ureters and urethra, then expelled from the body. Although urine is generally yellow and clear, its color, amount, concentration, and content can vary slightly each time a person urinates due to the different elements present in it.


By examining the components of urine that are not usually present or monitoring abnormal levels of specific substances, many illnesses can be detected early on. These components include glucose, protein, bilirubin, red and white blood cells, crystals, and pathogens. The presence of these components and their explanations are as follows:


  • There is an issue with the kidneys.
  • There is a urinary tract infection present, similar to the presence of bacteria and white blood cells.


A complete urinalysis consists of three distinct testing steps:


  • The color and clarity of urine are evaluated through a visual examination.
  • The chemical examination determines urine concentration and tests for nine chemicals, providing health insights.


If there are any unusual results on visual or chemical tests, or if a healthcare provider requests it, a microscopic investigation is typically performed. In the case of abnormal findings on a urinalysis, the test may need to be repeated to confirm the results, and additional urine and blood tests may be necessary to aid in diagnosing the issue.


What conditions can be detected through a urinalysis test?

A Urinalysis Macroscopic, Dipstick test helps diagnose various conditions and diseases that affect the urinary system, such as:


  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Kidney Stones
  • Kidney Disease
  • Diabetes


When should I order a Urinalysis Macroscopic, Dipstick Test?

Individuals may order this test for various reasons, including:


  • Part of a routine medical examination, this test detects urinary tract abnormalities.
  • Identifying potential causes of symptoms like frequent urination, urgency, pain, or changes in urine color or odor.
  • People with urinary conditions may have a regular urinalysis to monitor treatment effectiveness.

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