Experts on common to complex conditions

The experts at Children’s diagnose just about every medical problem imaginable affecting babies, children and teens. With over 1 million tests conducted each year, there’s virtually nothing we haven’t seen.

Just a few of the kid conditions we tackle:

Diabetes—Disorder that affects the body’s ability to transform sugar from food into energy.
Allergies—Abnormal immune system reactions to everyday substances like mold, pollen or foods.
Cancer and blood disorders—Diseases in which cells divide too rapidly and form tumors that can spread through the body.
Infections —Illnesses caused by bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms.
Liver and kidney function—Ability of these organs to remove waste products from the blood.
Endocrine disorders—Occur when glands such as the thyroid make too much or too little of the hormones that regulate body processes.
Genetic disorders—Abnormalities of the genes and chromosomes that provide a “blueprint” for the body’s physical characteristics.
Routine health screenings—Tests to check levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, essential nutrients and other health indicators.

Just what the doctor ordered — and more

The science of medical diagnostics advances quickly, and at Children’s, we’re always at the leading edge. Here’s how we’re working behind the scenes to support your child’s care:

Comprehensive diagnostics. When doctors have clinical questions, we answer. Our testing capabilities include:

  • Anatomic pathology
  • Histology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Urinalysis
  • Coagulation studies
  • Hematology
  • Flow cytometry

Lab informatics—We use the latest computer technology to prevent lab errors and guard your family’s privacy. Test results are available through the MyChildren’s portal.

Transfusion medicine and blood bank—Provides safe and timely preparation and transfer of blood products to kids in need.

Point of care testing—When possible, our staff performs testing at your child’s bedside. This helps soothe anxiety and speeds results to the care team.

Integrated genetic counseling—When a genetic disorder is suspected, our genetic counselors support families through the diagnostic process and work with their clinicians and families to make decisions about further testing.

Research and clinical trials—We’re proud to support the many pioneering clinical trials happening at Children’s. And our board-certified pathologists conduct their own kid-focused research in medical diagnostics.


At Children’s Minnesota, we know how important reliable information about conditions and illnesses is.