Technicians in the lab

About Our Accreditation

COLA is the premier clinical laboratory education, consultation, and accreditation organization. It's services enable our staff to meet CLIA and other regulatory requirements, acting in accordance with best practices. We have laboratory services in each of our offices and we always get the highest marks of excellence during accreditation—resulting in safety, efficiency, compliance and the best possible patient care.

Laboratory Services

While some of your lab work may occasionally be sent to an outside laboratory, much of it will be performed in our clinics. Your monthly HOA statement will include charges for in-house lab work, but any services received elsewhere will be billed directly by the outside facility.

Your treatment plan may include routine bloodwork to determine whether you will receive chemotherapy. After reviewing the results, your oncologist will instruct your healthcare team on how to proceed with your treatment.

Laboratory hours are 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. at all three locations. On rare occasions, your oncologist may schedule you for a time outside normal hours.

Bone Marrow Biopsy

Bone marrow produces platelets as well as red and white blood cells. If abnormal types or numbers of red or white blood cells are found in a complete blood count test, a bone marrow biopsy may be the next course of action. This procedure also helps your physician determine whether other diseases are present in the bone marrow.

When a bone marrow biopsy is performed, soft tissue is removed from inside the bone—typically the hip bone. The procedure may take place in your healthcare provider’s office or in a hospital. After the area is cleansed and a local anesthetic is injected to numb the skin, a biopsy needle is inserted into the bone. The technician will gently rotate the needle or insert an instrument into the needle to obtain a tiny bone marrow sample. Once the needle has been removed, pressure is applied to the biopsy site to stop the bleeding, followed by a bandage.

Although not every patient experiences discomfort, you may find the procedure slightly uncomfortable because it is not possible to anesthetize the bone’s interior.

If you are pregnant or allergic to any medications, please inform your healthcare provider. Also list your medications and indicate whether you have bleeding problems. You will be required to sign a consent form prior to the procedure.