The lab analyst inserts a dip stick into a freshly collected urine specimen, removes the dip stick, and shakes off the excess urine. Alternatively, the analyst may place drops of the urine specimen on a reagent tablet. Then after the proper time interval, the lab analyst manually reads the results for one or more ordered analytes using a color chart usually located on the outside of the container. The lab analyst will also perform a microscopic analysis, typically on a centrifuged specimen. The lab analyst views the sedimented specimen under the microscope using both low and high power and reports the results.
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