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With over 70% of health care decisions based on diagnostic results, we know the importance of high quality tests. While we are Canada’s largest community lab, our services range from standard lab testing, to genetic and naturopathic testing, to developing new technologies. We are committed to being your trusted healthcare partner and ensuring you have the information you need, when you need it most.
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Specialized Clinical and Laboratory Testing

Over a million Canadians count on LifeLabs for the information they need to make decisions about their health. Each year we perform over 112 million laboratory tests to help diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent disease. Supported by four core divisions – LifeLabs, LifeLabs Genetics, Rocky Mountain Analytical and Excelleris, together we are driven by a passion to build a healthier Canada.

General Diagnostic Tests

As Canada’s largest community lab, we are an industry leader in ensuring exceptional quality testing in our state-of-the-art facilities.
Driven by a passion to ensure you have critical information about your health, we give you access to the latest diagnostic tests available.

 

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What are general lab tests?

Lab tests are critical tools in helping healthcare providers understand what is happening in your body. The information gathered can help confirm the cause of health concerns or rule out any potential concerns.

When are general lab tests ordered?

Lab tests may be ordered in response to you sharing concerns or symptoms with your healthcare provider. They may also be ordered to establish a baseline for your health, monitor your health, or as part of an overall wellness program.>

What tests are available?

We have literally 1,000’s of lab tests available to meet the diverse needs of the millions of patients who come to us each year for testing. And, we are regularly introducing new ones to ensure that you access to the best and most comprehensive information available.

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Genetic Tests

Personalized medicine is the new frontier of modern medicine.With the largest professional genetic testing lab in Canada,
our specialized tests can help you better identify the links between your DNA and potential health risks.

 

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When should you consider genetic testing?

Genetic testing can be useful at different stages of life. Whether you are planning a family or already pregnant, discovering that a family member has a condition that can be passed down, or even struggling to find effective treatment for an existing condition, genetic testing can help uncover answers.

How to access genetic testing?

LifeLabs Genetics is at the forefront of genetic testing and personalized medicine in Canada. We are working with governments and healthcare partners across the country to find the most cost-effective and meaningful way to bring Canadian-developed, state-of-the-art genetics technology to you.

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Naturopathic Tests

Our Naturopathic division has a range of tests which help find trouble spots before the trouble really starts.  From hormone levels, to food reactions, to identifying environmental toxins, we provide objective information so you can map your path to wellness.

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Testing for  Heart Monitoring

Monitoring your heart’s activity can provide vital health information and detect potentially life-threating conditions.
We are pleased to offer electrocardiograms (ECG) and Holter monitoring at many of our Patient Services Centres across the country.

 

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Holter Monitoring?

A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that records your heart activity for a minimum of 24 hours. The device is small and light-weight and hangs around your neck connecting cable to sensors attached to your chest.

What is an ECG?

An electrocardiogram, commonly known as an ECG or EKG, records how your heart is functioning by measuring its electrical activity through the placement of small sensors on your chest, arms and lower legs. It is a simple procedure completely in as quickly at 15 minutes.

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With over 70% of health care decisions based on diagnostic results, we know the importance of high quality tests. LifeLabs is committed to being a trusted healthcare partner and providing you with the information you need to make decisions.

Featured Tests

LifeLabs is your partner in lab testing. We are leading the development of innovative test solutions to ensure you have the information you need to make important health decisions.
25-Hydroxy Vitamin D

25-Hydroxy Vitamin D is a blood test to help you measure your vitamin D levels. Often known as the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D is produced by your body when the sun’s UV rays contact your skin and also occurs naturally in a limited amount of food sources. It is estimated that up to one-third of Canadians do not have the recommended levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D:

  • Helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorous
  • Fuels the growth of bones and teeth in children
  • Prevents osteoporosis as we age

This simple blood test can provide you piece of mind that you are receiving the vitamin D that you need for optimum health.

Osteoporosis Serum CTX

Known as the “silent thief”, osteoporosis is responsible for the loss of bone mass without obvious symptoms until a bone is broken. By knowing your risk through a Serum CTX Test, you can prevent, delay or reduce bone loss. Serum CTX can detect relevant changes in bone breakdown in as little as a few months, unlike bone mass density test which requires several years to generate a measurable output.

Patient Assessment Panels

Patient Assessment Panels are a great tool for gaining comprehensive insights about your patient’s health status, improving our understanding of the underlying imbalances that lead to disease. Each panel has been developed with specific clinical questions in mind. Here you can find the clinical relevance for each of the panels and when you might consider ordering them for your patients.

PULS

Know Your Risk for Heart Attacks

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the second-highest cause of death in Canada, and the highest world-wide. A Protein Unstable Lesion Signature Test, also known as PULS test, measures the traces of proteins that leak from cardiac lesions in the blood vessel walls. By identifying the presence and levels of these proteins, along with HDL and HbA1c, it provides your physician with valuable information to help determine:

  • your risk for a heart attack
  • your “Heart Age” relative to your age and gender group
  • what steps you need to take to improve your cardiac health
Omega-3 Fatty Acid (Omega 3 Score)

The Omega 3 ScoreTM Test quantifies the fatty acids present in a sample of a patient’s whole blood. Specific levels of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, specifically Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the blood have been associated with a lower risk of sudden death from cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Celiac
Laboratory tests are ordered for many different reasons; because of a problem you've reported to your doctor, to check on a condition that has already been diagnosed, or maybe to see how you're responding to prescribed medication.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by eating grains that contain gluten such as wheat, rye and barley. It occurs in about 1% of Canadians and symptoms can vary dramatically and easily be mistaken for food allergies or intolerance. Undiagnosed celiac disease can:

  • cause irreversible damage to the small intestine
  • prevent your body from absorbing nutrients critical for good health
  • lead to long-term complications

If you have been exhibiting the symptoms of celiac disease, or have a family history of celiac disease, this blood test can help you find the answers you are looking for.

Fecal Calprotectin
When you have symptoms such as chronic diarrhea or abdominal pain, it could be due to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS and IBD in the world. The Fecal Calprotectin test is a simple non-invasive stool laboratory test, that helps your doctor determine if you have IBD or IBS and thus plan your treatment accordingly.

IBS is a functional disorder that doesn’t affect your bowel tissue, but requires long term management and lifestyle changes. However, IBD causes chronic inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract, and can be even life-threatening if not treated properly.

Calprotectin is a protein normally found in the body in certain amounts. If the test finds a large amount of calprotectin present in the stool, it is more likely that you have IBD, while if the test comes back with low or normal levels, it points towards IBS. The Calprotectin test is hence very useful to differentiate between IBS and IBD.

Anti-CCP

The daily pain, stiffness and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis can go undiagnosed for months causing permanent damage to your body. Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis at its earliest stages can prevent damage and improve long-term quality of life. Cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibodies are frequently detected in the blood of people with rheumatoid arthritis. The Anti-CCP test is a highly accurate test and can diagnose the rheumatoid arthritis at a very early stage, sometimes years before the development of symptoms. Early detection of rheumatoid arthritis can help:

  • Prevent permanent damage to your body
  • Improve long-term quality of life
JOINTstat

Detecting Rheumatoid Arthritis

When your immune system attacks your joints, the daily pain, stiffness and swelling can go undiagnosed for months causing permanent damage. Quickly and accurately diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can prevent damage and improve long-term quality of life. JOINTstat is a simple blood test used to:

  • detect the presence of the RA protein in your blood stream.
  • measure the progression of RA if you have already been diagnosed.
HPV

Early Detection of Cervical Cancer

The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a group of over 100 related viruses which are primarily spread through sexual activity. Most adults will develop an HPV infection in their lifetime without knowing it as HPV often doesn’t have any symptoms. An infection with high-risk HPV can cause cells to change or become abnormal. In the cervix, these changes can lead to a precancerous condition known as dysplasia. Dysplasia, if not treated, can lead to cervical cancer. An HPV test can:

  • detect high-risk HPV cells
QuantiFERON®-TB Gold

QuantiFERON®-TB Gold (QFT) is a simple blood test that aids in the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria which causes tuberculosis (TB). QFT is an interferon gamma release assay, commonly known as an IGRA, and is a modern alternative to the tuberculin skin test (TST). Unlike the TST, QFT is a controlled laboratory test that requires only one patient visit and works on patients who have previously been vaccinated against TB with the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination.

Oncology

One in seven men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. The third leading cause of cancer death, when prostate cancer is detected early, the more likely it can be successfully treated. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced within the prostate gland. Measuring PSA levels can be a useful tool in diagnosing prostate cancer as well as:

  • predicting a prognosis (outcome) for prostate cancer
  • predicting if cancer has spread outside the prostate
  • planning treatment for prostate cancer
  • monitoring you if you are already being treated for prostate cancer
  • determining if cancer treatments are working
  • determining if cancer has come back after treatment
SelectMDx

Personalized Risk Assessment of Prostate Cancer

Learning you have elevated PSA can be alarming news, however, it does not necessarily mean you have clinically significant disease and require a biopsy or treatment. There are many reasons why PSA levels fluctuate, and higher levels may indicate the presence of prostate cancer or other prostate conditions.

SelectMDx is a urine test that measures two cancer-related genetic biomarkers, HOXC6 and DLX1. Combined with other clinical factors like total PSA and age, the test produces a likelihood score of discovering aggressive prostate cancer upon biopsy. This provides your urologist with another important piece of information to consider when recommending whether a biopsy is required and potentially avoid unnecessary procedures.

Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)

With one in six couples across Canada experiencing difficulty in becoming pregnant, AMH levels can provide valuable insight into predicting a response for IVF treatment. Measuring AMH levels can help to:

  • evaluate ovarian reserve (number of eggs)
  • predict likelihood of IVF success
  • predict the age of menopause
  • confirm diagnosis of premature ovarian failure
  • assess the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)
  • diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Colorectal Cancer Screening

 Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)

FIT is a safe and painless stool-based test used for screening people at average risk of developing colorectal cancer. FIT checks for the presence of occult blood in the stool, which can be an early sign of colorectal cancer and/or pre-cancerous lesions. When colorectal cancer is found and treated early, the chances of successful treatment are better.

Prepare For Your Visit

We have over 282 Patient Service Centres conveniently located to serve you. Use the Location Finder to find your closest location, as well as hours of operation and services provided.

Having lab work done has never been easier. Arriving prepared for your test can help ensure all goes smoothly.

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