With the latest technology in analyzers comes the ability to generate the results electronically and graphically. In this case, the results will be sent electronically to the health practitioner. In many situations, results are printed and then faxed. If the results indicate that the patient may be very ill, the laboratory will call the health practitioner with the results and then send the written or electronic report.
The length of time between the drawing of the blood and when the health practitioner gets the results can vary greatly, from as little as a few minutes to as much as several weeks. Urgency, geographic distances, processing schedules, complexity of the test, and other factors contribute to the length of time required before results are available to the health practitioner, who will then share the results with you, the patient.