Individuals can get their test results from Quest Diagnostics online, by mail, email or fax or from their physician, advises Quest Diagnostics. Quest Diagnostics automatically sends test results to the patient's health care provider, who usually contacts the patient to discuss the results.
Individuals may complete a request form online to request results by mail, fax or email, advises Quest Diagnostics. The form is also available for download. Using this method, test results are delivered within 30 days of submitting the completed form. Online test results are only available if the patient's physician uses the Quest Diagnostics Care360 program and agrees to release the results directly to the patient.
Processing time for lab tests varies, but in most cases, results are available within 24 hours after the patient submits the sample, advises Quest Diagnostics. The lab only processes tests ordered by health care providers. Patients may not order tests for themselves.
Quest Diagnostics provides blood tests, tissue pathology, cytology, body fluid tests, genetic tests and drug screening. Patients do not need to make an appointment for testing, but they can do so to reduce waiting time, advises Quest Diagnostics. Individuals can use the Patient Service Center Locator to find the closest location.