Advanced Genetic Testing Specialist

Charles F. Lovell, M.D. FACP PC

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician located in Norfolk, VA

DNA technology has come a long way in recent decades: You can detect abnormalities in your baby long before birth, and you can test for your chances of developing certain diseases. Charles F. Lovell, M.D., in Norfolk, Virginia, offers advanced genetic testing to help you catch, prevent, and treat diseases early. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Advanced Genetic Testing Q & A

What is advanced genetic testing?

Your DNA is essentially a blueprint of your body. It includes the genetic abnormalities that can lead to life-altering diseases later in life. With advanced genetic testing, you can get a picture of your present and future health. With this knowledge, you can take preventive measures to avoid getting the diseases that you are most vulnerable to.

Genetic testing can also allow Dr. Lovell to monitor you more closely for certain diseases, so you can start treatment quickly if you get them.

Why might I need advanced genetic testing?

You may opt for advanced genetic testing if you are unsure of your family history and want to know if you have any defects in your genes that may make you susceptible to developing certain diseases. Other common reasons for genetic testing include:

  • Making more informed decisions about your health care
  • Monitoring the health of your unborn baby
  • Helping you decide whether or not to have a child
  • Relief from uncertainty
  • Correcting a misdiagnosis

With genetic testing, you can be as sure as possible about your current and future health.

How is advanced genetic testing done?

First, Dr. Lovell takes a blood or tissue sample to extract some of your DNA. Then he sends the sample to a lab where technicians look for abnormalities and changes depending on what you’re testing for.

Before the test, Dr. Lovell will give you all the information you need on how the test works and what it can and can’t do.

What can genetic testing detect?

Genetic testing can detect many potential conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Tay-Sachs disease
  • Lactose intolerance and other allergies

There are several types of genetic tests to choose from, and Dr. Lovell will guide you through which tests to take and what their outcomes mean.

Even if you’re healthy, you and your family can benefit from advanced genetic testing. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Charles F. Lovell, M.D., today.