News  •  Classes & Events  •  About Us  •  Support Us  •  Contact Us  •  Directions
   
 
Advanced Search
diabetes mellitus Prolapsed disc
Cardiovascular/Circulatory Systems - Heart and Blood Osteoarthritis
sciatica Cataract Surgery
Procedures Go Back

complete blood cell count (CBC)
 

This test is used to check the quantity and quality of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

 
Types
  • Red blood cell count – used to determine if the level of red cells in the blood is too high or too low.  Red blood cells carry oxygen to the tissues.
  • Hematocrit – used to look for too high or too low levels of red blood cells
  • White blood cell count – used to determine if the level of white blood cells is too high or too low.  White blood cells fight infection.
  • Differential blood count – measures the amount of 5 different blood cells.
  • Hemoglobin – measures the amount of hemoglobin and if the levels of red blood cells are normal.  Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying pigment that gives blood its red color.
  • Platelet count – measures the amount of platelets in the blood.  Platelets are cell fragments that enable blood to clot.

Copyright© 2001-2010 RWJ Hamilton - All Rights Reserved.  •  Privacy Policy •  Terms & Conditions
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton Hamilton. Phone: 609-586-7900 Physician Referral: 609-584-5900.

Site Map