Anemia occurs when the amount of hemoglobin (found in the red blood cells) drops below normal. Hemoglobin is necessary for the transport and delivery of oxygen throughout the body. There are many different types of anemia, but we will limit this page to the most common ones.
The Anemia Screening – Basic includes:
Hemoglobin (Hgb). Hemoglobin is the substance in a red blood cell that carries oxygen. The hemoglobin test measures the amount of hemoglobin in blood and is a good indication of the blood’s ability to carry oxygen throughout the body.
Hematocrit (HCT, packed cell volume, PCV). This test measures the amount of space (volume) red blood cells occupy in the blood. The value is given as a percentage of red blood cells in a volume of blood. For example, a hematocrit of 38 means that 38% of the blood’s volume is composed of red cells.
Anemia Screen – Basic $ 39.00
People often equate anemia with iron-deficiency. While this is partially true, anemia is actually any condition where red blood cells are reduced in number or volume or are deficient in the oxygen-carrying red pigmented protein hemoglobin. In this scenario, a lack of iron can either be a cause or a result.