Varsity Lab Services

“Calgary’s Preferred Laboratory”

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About Varsity Lab Services

Varsity Laboratory Services is located in the community of Varsity in Calgary, Alberta just off of Crowchild Trail NW. Our facility is a 5 minute walk from the Dalhousie C-Train station.

Our professional team of Medical Laboratory Assistants will collect your samples and perform any tests in our beautiful state of the art facility. All samples collected are sent to the same accredited laboratories that your family physician would normally use. Your family physician will receive your results in the same manner as if you were to visit Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL). The main difference is that you can avoid the long wait times.

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Blood Test and Urinalysis

Varsity Lab Services can collect the majority of tests specified on the Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) General Requistion. However, some tests CANNOT be collected due to time sensitivity or other logistical challenges.

The following tests CANNOT be collected by Varsity Lab Services. Appointments for any of the following tests will be rejected and may be subject to cancellation fees:

Blood:

  • Aldosterone
  • D-Dimer
  • Epstein Barr Serology Panel
  • Fibrogen
  • Genetic Screening
  • Glucose Tolerance, Gestational, 2 Hr
  • HCG, Qualitative
  • Hemoglobinopathy Investigation Panel
  • HIV
  • Homocysteine
  • INR
  • Lactate or Lactose Tolerance
  • Prenatal Screen, Initial Prenatal Screen (to be done at Dynalife in conjunction with ultrasound)
  • PTT
  • Renin or Renin/Aldosterone Ratio
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Vitamin A, C, or Zinc

Urine/Blood:

  • MMA

Urine:

  • Any 24 hr Urine Test

Stool:

  • FIT (can only get sample containers from APL)
  • H Pylori

Any tests written in Additional Tests, please contact the clinic to verify.

$10.00

(collected at time of appointment)

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

What is an Electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram, commonly known as an ECG or EKG, records how your heart is functioning by measuring its electrical activity through the placement of small sensors on the chest, arms and lower legs. By measuring the rate and regularity of heartbeats, it can show an abnormal heartbeat, the presence of any damage or enlargement of the heart muscle. An ECG can also show if your heart isn’t getting enough oxygen and the effects of drugs or regulating devices. The test is quick, safe and painless.

When is the test ordered?

Your doctor may suggest you have an ECG for a variety of reasons including to:

  • do a routine annual check of your heart
  • monitor your heart rhythm
  • show electrical changes in your heart and if oxygen has been reduced
  • diagnose a heart attack or other conditions
  • monitor abnormal heart structure such as a thickened heart muscle

How is the test performed?

Sensors are attached to your legs, arms and chest area for 5-15 minutes.

How much does it cost?

ECGs are covered by Alberta Health Services.

When will I get results?

Results are available healthcare providers within 3-5 days.

THIS IS A FREE SERVICE TO OUR PATIENTS.

COVID-19 PCR Test for Travel

Varsity Lab Services is proud to offer highly accurate COVID-19 PCR Tests that detect if an individual has an active infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Tests are administered by a nasal swab and sent to an accredited laboratory for analysis. Your results will be available within 12 hours.

A printable report indicating your results will be sent to you by email and is deemed valid for all travel purposes.

Please note our COVID-19 Test is only available to individuals who are asymptomatic. If you think you may have a COVID-19 infection now, or have symptoms of COVID-19, contact Alberta Health Services to book your appointment.

COVID-19 PCR Test

  • 12 Hour Test Results
    Test results will be provided within 12 hours or less.

$130.00

    IgG Food Sensitivity Testing

    Take the Guesswork Out of Your Diet

    Food sensitivity is not a disease but may play a role in causing disease or worsening certain symptoms. Symptoms associated with food sensitivities develop slowly over time and can create inflammation. The RMA FST™ IgG Food Sensitivity Test can help identify potential food sensitivities and take the guess work out of your diet

    There is a growing body of evidence to support the clinical benefits of eliminating IgG reactive foods from the diet.

    In an IgG reaction, the IgG antibodies bind to food antigens creating antibody-antigen complexes. These complexes are normally removed by immune system cells called macrophages. However, if complexes are present in large numbers and the reactive food is still being consumed, the macrophages can’t remove them quickly enough. The food antigen-antibody complexes accumulate and can be deposited in body tissues. Once in tissues, these complexes can trigger inflammation, which may be responsible for a wide variety of symptoms.

    Test overview

    The RMA FST™ IgG Food Sensitivity test has three different options for testing IgG antibodies

    • RMA FST™ Enhanced:
      Our most comprehensive panel, the Enhanced panel tests for 222 different foods, including 80+ foods not available in the Basic panel. This panel is especially popular with patients who eat less meat, wheat and refined sugar. This panel has the potential to identify more foods that the patient may be intolerant to; thereby providing you more robust information.

    $399.00

    • RMA FST™ Vegetarian:
      Tests over 160 different foods including all of the vegetarian foods offered in the Enhanced panel, as well as dairy and eggs, but excluding fish/seafood and meat.

    $349.00

    • RMA FST Basic:
      The Basic panel reports on 125 foods, including the most common food sensitivities in all categories: milk (cow, goat and sheep), eggs, corn and wheat.

    $299.00

     

    Antibody levels are measured via an ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) microarray method. For an ELISA test, food antigens must first be chemically bonded to a site within a gel pad. Each of these sites has the antigens of one specific food. More than 220 foods can be tested on a single gel pad for any given patient. A measured amount of the patient’s blood serum is placed on the pad and then treated with a series of chemical solutions. Eventually a colour develops at each site and the intensity of the color is measured by a high-resolution scanner. The intensity of the colour is proportionate to the amount of antibody in the blood specific to that food antigen.

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    Why Choose Us

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    Experienced Technicians

    A professional team of Medical Laboratory Assistants and Licensed Practical Nurses.

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    Short Wait Times

    Avoid the long wait times that other facilities in Calgary have to offer.

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    State of the Art Facility

    Our state-of-the-art facility offers all of the newest and latest equipment available.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I know if Varsity Lab Services will perform all the tests my healthcare provider has requested?
    If we do not already have your blood work requisition on file, you will be asked to upload it using our secure servers during the registration process.
    Are there any blood tests that cannot be performed at Varsity Lab Services?

    The following tests CANNOT be collected by Varsity Lab Services.

    Appointments for any of the following tests will be rejected.

    • D-dimer
    • Fibrinogen
    • Glucose Tolerance, Gestational, 2Hr
    • Epstein Barr Serology Panel
    • Homocysteine
    • MMA
    • PTT
    • Transfusion Medicine
    • Pregnancy Test (HCG, Qualitative)
    • Any 24 Hr Urine test
    • FIT Colorectal Cancer Screening
    • H Pylori
    • Hemoglobinopathy Investigation Panel

    Any tests written in Additional Tests, please contact the clinic to verify.

    Will my health care provider receive my test results in a timely manner?

    Absolutely, Varsity Lab Services collects your samples and expedites them to Alberta Precision Laboratories and our other affiliate accredited facilities. There is no difference in using our services or using the services of Alberta Precision Laboratories.

    How are the laboratory results given to my health care provider?

    There are a number of ways your health care provider may receive results. The most common is using secure electronic links between their computer system and your healthcare provider’s electronic medical records (EMR).

    How will I get my test results?
    Samples will be collected and dropped off at a designated nearby laboratory. Samples will be processed accordingly, and results will be made available to your physician for follow up. Your physician will contact you to discuss your results.

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