Lab and X-ray

photo of laboratory equipment

After Jan. 1, 2020 we will no longer provide lab services (such as blood work, urine and fecal studies) for WMU employees and retirees ordered by external providers. Students may continue to bring orders from outside providers for lab services. Outside orders for radiology are still accepted from students, faculty and staff.

Test results for laboratory or standard diagnostic radiology procedures can be obtained quickly and cost-effectively at Sindecuse Health Center as part of your care. Tests may be ordered by health center medical staff during your clinic visit.

Laboratory tests

Some lab tests ordered by a health center clinician are performed in-house. These include:

  • Influenza
  • KOH preps
  • Mononucleosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Strep
  • Urinalysis (except samples sent out to be cultured)

Important note about lab tests

Samples for other tests are sent to an outside reference laboratory—Bronson Hospital. Results are made available to the clinician or physician who ordered the test and become part of your medical record.  The reference lab bills patients independently from Sindecuse Health Center. Patients should check with their insurance company to determine whether diagnostic tests sent to the reference lab are a covered benefit.  Bronson also offers lab services at many locations in Southwest Michigan, including some with early morning or extended hours.

WMU students may bring orders from an outside physician for lab services.

Radiology (X-ray)

We perform general diagnostic procedures. Images are ready for immediate review by a health center clinician when ordered at our facility; all x-ray images are referred to a radiologist for further interpretation. X-ray images become part of your medical record. 

Orders for X-ray imaging from outside physicians are accepted from all eligible health center patients. Bring your order to your scheduled appointment or ask your physician to fax the order to (269) 387-2233.

Appointments

Appointments begin 15 minutes after opening until 4:15 p.m. Lab hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. We open at 9 a.m. on Thursdays. A written clinician request is required for all procedures. 

Accreditation and compliance

Our facility is accredited by the Commission of Office Laboratory Accreditation in accordance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988 for CLIA-waived testing (simple tests that carry a low risk for an incorrect result). Our radiology department follows federal regulations and is registered with and inspected by the State of Michigan, in conjunction with the Western Michigan University Radiation Safety Officer.

Sindecuse Health Center employs medical technicians and a radiographer registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Learn more about diagnostics

Learn about x-rays at RadiologyInfo.org.
Learn about common lab tests at Lab Tests Online.