As a laboratory or radiology technologist, you are responsible for obtaining and providing test results to assist the physician in diagnosing Stefani’s condition. The oncologist has ordered additional blood work, a PET scan and a sentinel node was removed for biopsy. Using her EHR and Internet research, answer the questions and be prepared to discuss the responses with the rest of Stefani’s healthcare team.
Internet Research: The oncologist has performed a sentinel node biopsy on Stefani to help determine if her cancer has metastasized. The results are analyzed by a pathologist in the lab. Provide a brief description of what the pathologist is looking for in their analysis.
Review Stefani’s Inpatient EHR: The laboratory results are quickly shown as normal or abnormal in the EHR. Which tests are abnormal and explain how this is indicated?
Internet Research: Explain how these tests help the team determine Stefani’s diagnosis?
Internet Research: The oncologist ordered a CBC and CMP for Stefani. What do these two acronyms stand for and why are they ordered?