Chemistry Panels

Chemistry panels are groups of tests that are routinely ordered to determine a person's general health status. They help evaluate the body's electrolyte balance and/or the status of several major body organs.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

The tests are performed on a blood sample, usually drawn from a vein in the arm.

The Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) usually includes 14 tests and the Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP) usually contains 8 tests, all of which are found in the CMP.

The Electrolyte Panel, Liver Panel, and Lipid Profile are also types of chemistry panels.

While most laboratories offer the same set of CMP and BMP tests, some of these other panels may be tailored to meet the needs of the ordering doctor.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.