The Chemistry Panel By Many Names

The Chemistry Panel may be identified by many different names (a chemistry screen/screening, a basic metabolic panel (BMP), a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), SMA or SMAC.)  Regardless of the name these panels measure a specific number of elements in the blood indicated by a dash and a number after the panel name such as SMA-6 or CMP-20.  A typical CMP-16 will specifically measure the levels of Glucose, Waste Products ( Blood Urea Nitrogen, Creatinine, Uric Acid, & the Glom Filtration Rate), Electrolytes (Sodium & Potassium Chloride), Minerals (Calcium & Phosphorus), Blood Fats (Cholesterol & Triglycerides), Proteins (Albumin, Globulin, & Total Protein), Enzymes (Total Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase, GGTP, LDH, & SGOT (AST)).  The Chemistry Panel  is an excellent tool that provides a high level evaluation of the body’s major organ functions including the heart, liver, kidney, gland, nerve, bone and muscle functions.

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