The urinalysis is used as a screening and/or diagnostic tool because it can help detect substances or cellular material in the urine associated with different metabolic and kidney disorders. It is ordered widely and routinely to detect any abnormalities that require follow up. Often, substances such as protein or glucose will begin to appear in the urine before patients are aware that they may have a problem. It is used to detect urinary tract infections (UTI) and other disorders of the urinary tract. In patients with acute or chronic conditions, such as kidney disease, the urinalysis may be ordered at intervals as a rapid method to help monitor organ function, status, and response to treatment.
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Because this is a general screening test, time of collection is usually not important, although a first morning void is usually preferred because it is more concentrated. However, if your doctor is looking for a specific finding, he may ask that you collect a sample at a specific time. For example, if he is looking for the excretion of glucose, it’s better to collect a specimen after a meal.