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Laboratory Services

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine serves our Outpatient Center.  The Laboratory, accredited by the College of American Pathologists, provides a broad scope of diagnostic tests, which assist your doctor in developing a treatment plan and providing quality care.  The Laboratory is professionally staffed by Medical Technologists, who are certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.  They work under the direction of board-certified Pathologists, all of whom work closely with our Physicians to provide you with timely and accurate Laboratory services.  The Laboratory has sections of Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Urinalysis, Blood Bank, Microbiology, Immunology, Cytopathology, and Surgical Pathology.

Regulations

The key participants in the quest for laboratory quality have been the federal and state governments and the laboratory professional community.

Two professional organizations, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and The Joint Commission, had stringent, voluntary laboratory accreditation programs many years before the government required it. Today, both organizations continue to offer highly respected laboratory accreditation programs. Other organizations, such as the NCCLS, a globally recognized, standards-developing organization, are involved in improving medical testing through the development and dissemination of standards, guidelines, and best practices.

Inspections 

To make sure that laboratories are following the requirements outlined in CLIA, state law, and/or the rules established by the professional societies to qualify for their accreditation, labs also must undergo regular inspections. Three particularly important areas for inspection are personnel training requirements, proficiency testing, and quality control.  Rush-Copley Laboratory is inspected biennially by CAP and accredited.

Education and Training Requirements - There are many roles to fill in a laboratory, and both the voluntary systems and the federal regulations spell out educational requirements for laboratory personnel.  In addition, laboratory personnel may be certified for their profession, obtained through successful completion of the national certification exam.

Proficiency Testing - Laboratories that perform the kinds of tests typical of a hospital laboratory participate in a proficiency testing (PT) program.  For this program, an outside agency approved by the federal government checks on accuracy of the laboratory's test result by sending samples to the lab to be analyzed.  The outside agency uses PT to grade the laboratory's accuracy and laboratory inspectors verify that the lab has an acceptable score in an approved PT program.

Quality Control - To ensure the quality of the results, clinical laboratories test "control" samples along with the patient samples.  Laboratory inspectors examine these records during evaluations.

Schedule a Test or Screening

Rush-Copley offers a complete range of diagnostic services at several convenient location including Naperville, Aurora and Yorkville. Imaging services such as X-ray, mammography, ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI are available in all three locations. Other diagnostic testing is available at Rush-Copley’s Aurora and Yorkville campuses and include laboratory/blood work, pulmonary function testing, arterial blood gas and electrocardiograms.

Imaging Services, Naperville—Midwest Center for Advanced Imaging

4355 Montgomery Rd., Naperville
630-236-8300
Convenient appointment times are available including evenings and weekends. Request an Appointment online 

Imaging & Diagnostic Services, Aurora—Rush-Copley Medical Center

2000 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
630-499-2300

Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Imaging & Diagnostic Services, Yorkville—Rush-Copley Healthcare Center

1100 West Veterans Parkway, Yorkville
630-499-2300

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m