Core Lab - Chemistry Laboratory

The Chemistry Laboratory offers a wide range of testing to aid patient diagnosis, treatment, and care. Our services cover a multitude of pathophysiologies related to proteins, carbohydrate metabolism, bone metabolism, kidney function, liver function, clinical enzymology, clinical endocrinology, acid-base balance disorders, electrolytes, therapeutic drug monitoring, and clinical toxicology.

Testing in the Chemistry Laboratory is performed on highly automated analyzers utilizing spectrophotometry, immunoassays, mass spectrometry, and other methods to assess a variety of analytes:

  • Clinical Chemistry testing on carbohydrates, electrolytes, enzymes, lipids, proteins, hormones, therapeutic drugs, and toxicology testing. Our most common panels are listed below.
  • Special Chemistry testing on blood lead levels using the inductively-coupled plasma/mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) method.
  • Blood gas testing on blood pH, blood gas tensions, electrolytes, and other critical care tests, such as glucose, lactate, ionized calcium, co-oximetry, and osmolarity.

Chemistry Laboratory test panels

Electrolytes panel

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Chloride
  • Bicarbonate
 

Basic metabolic panel

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Chloride
  • Bicarbonate
  • BUN
  • Creatinine
  • Glucose
  • Calcium
 

Hepatic function panel (liver function panel)

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • ALT
  • AST
  • Alkaline phosphatase
  • Total bilirubin    
  • Bili, conjugated    
  • Bili, unconjugated
 

Comprehensive metabolic panel

  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Chloride
  • Bicarbonate
  • BUN
  • Creatinine
  • Glucose
  • Calcium
  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • ALT
  • AST
  • Alkaline phosphatase
  • Total bilirubin
 

Lipoprotein profile panel

  • Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • HDL cholesterol
  • LDL cholesterol (calculated)
 

Iron profile panel

  • Iron
  • Transferrin
  • Transferrin saturation
  • TIBC (calculated)
 

Location

Main Building, 5th Floor, Room 5141

Hours

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Shipping address

Clinical Chemistry Laboratory
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Main Building, 5th Floor
Room 5141
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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