Frequently Asked Questions
Here’s the list of our most frequently asked Riordan Clinic Questions. If you have a question you’d like answered and can’t find it in the list, please feel free to call us: 316-682-3100 or contact us.
- How do I decide which panel is best for me?
- If you have a family history of a degenerative disease such heart disease, for example, you might consider the Heart Health Panel.
- If you are concerned about your vitamin and nutrient status, you may choose to order the Nutritional Health Panel.
- If you are concerned about mental decline, Alzheimers, you should consider the Brain Health Panel.
- If you have more specific questions about panel choice, you may choose to come to one of our informational meetings which are listed on our website.
- Do I need to schedule an appointment to have my blood drawn?
Scheduling an appointment is not required but it is preferred. We can have your paperwork ready and ensure that your wait time is as short as possible. The Inflammation Health Panel has special fasting instructions and must be scheduled due to the need for lab personnel to complete the test within 24 hours of collection.
- How do I get test results?
A booklet can either be mailed to you or if you prefer, we can e-mail your results. Each result in the booklet has a paragraph with information about the test and some ways in which you can improve your results. A sample report can be found on our website.
- How long will it take to have my blood and urine collected?
It usually takes about 15 minutes. Please note that most panels do require a urine sample.
- Can I see a doctor regarding my results?
We offer a low-cost 30 minute consultation that you can schedule with one of our staff doctors.
- Do I have to fast?
Some panels require a 12-14 hour overnight fast. You may drink water.
- If my results are all in the normal range do I need to see a doctor?
Your goal should be to have your results fall within the optimal range for each test. Daily stresses often deplete levels. This program was designed for the “healthy” individual, to give you the ability to monitor your results for any negative changes and remain healthy for as long as possible. The doctors at the Riordan Clinic are specifically educated with regards to these tests and could provide valuable guidance for you.
- Should I consider testing my children?
Proper nutrition is very important for many processes such as learning, behavior, growth and development and athletics. Children often do not eat as well as they should, and testing can determine if a child has sub-optimal levels of vitamins and nutrients. Be aware that there are certain limitations on how much blood can be drawn based upon a child’s weight and age.
- How often should I be tested and what is the benefit of follow up testing?
Frequency of testing depends on the particular test, but in general once every 6 months to one year is sufficient. As an example, we often measure levels of vitamins, nutrients and minerals within the red blood cell as this more closely reflects tissue levels. It takes about 120 days for a new red blood cell to be produced by the bone marrow; therefore it would take about 4 months for any changes in dietary consumption of a particular nutrient to be reflected in your red cell levels.
- Can I file these tests with my insurance or with Medicare?
They cannot be filed with insurance or Medicare.
- Can I add other tests that are not in my particular health panel?
Yes they can be requested by you at list price.
- When will I get my test results?
Due to the large volume of tests, it may take up to three weeks to receive your results.