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Laboratory services

If your doctor says you need a lab test, you can count on the professionals at CarolinaEast Health System to get you the information you need quickly and accurately.

Why choose us

We are proud to be the laboratory of choice for the residents of the coastal Carolina region. Here are some reasons why you should trust us with your care.

Fast results. Most of our test results are reported to your physician and available to view on your electronic medical record within 24 hours.

Experienced staff. Our laboratory employs approximately 60 professionals who have more than 700 years of combined experience and more than 500 years of combined service to CarolinaEast Health System.

We are licensed and accredited by the AABB, the College of American Pathologists and the CLIA.

Our nationally certified laboratory professionals include histologists, histology/cytology assistants, medical technologists and medical lab technicians, phlebotomists, cytotechnologists and histomedical transcriptionists.

We perform more than 2 million tests annually in our various departments, including blood bank, hematology, chemistry, microbiology, histology and cytology.

State-of-the-art technology. Our laboratory uses state-of-the-art automated analyzers in chemistry, hematology and blood bank. Cutting edge PCR (polymerase chain reaction) analyzers are used for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea. A multiplex PCR system aids in the rapid detection of co-infections and uncommon pathogens. Digital imaging is utilized in cytology and anatomic pathology for accurate and reliable diagnoses.

We are one of the only laboratories in the region that performs semen analysis. This male fertility test checks factors such as sperm count, motility and morphology.

Special testing instructions

When you visit us, please bring your physician’s order form, insurance card and a photo I.D.

In addition, some tests require you to take additional steps:

  • Glucose tolerance test. This test is only available by appointment. Please call 252.633.8060 to schedule your test.
  • Lipid panel (a blood cholesterol test). Please avoid eating food or drinking any liquids; other than water, for 12 hours prior to testing.
  • Semen analysis. This test is only available by appointment. Please read over these instructions carefully prior to scheduling your appointment. Once you've read the instructions, you can schedule an appointment by calling 252.633.8062.

Where to find us

The outpatient laboratory is located on the main floor of the CarolinaEast Medical Center. Hours of operation for routine laboratory needs are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For after-hour emergent laboratory needs or if you have questions, please call us at 252.633.8060.