UDS Testing Specialist

Texas Anesthesia Back Pain Center

Ajay K. Aggarwal, MD

Anesthesiologist located in Houston, TX

Urine drug screening (UDS testing) is an invaluable tool in pain management that allows Ajay Aggarwal, MD to provide the highest standard of safe medical care at the Texas Anesthesia Back Pain Center in Houston, Texas. UDS testing is painless and quick, and the staff at the Texas Anesthesia Back Pain Center works to make sure your medical care and all of your patient experiences are as convenient and comfortable as possible. To make your appointment with your skilled pain management specialist, Dr. Aggarwal, call the office or schedule online.

UDS Testing Q & A

What is UDS testing?

A urine drug screening, or UDS testing, is a quick, painless test that analyzes your urine for the presence of certain prescription medications and illegal drugs.

The urine drug test typically screens for:

  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Barbiturates
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • PCP
  • Methadone
  • Opioids (narcotics)

Urine is the standard body fluid used for drug screening since it’s readily available, easily collected, non-invasive.

What can I expect during my UDS test?

You take the urine drug test in a bathroom that’s specifically prepared for drug screenings. The procedure requires that you empty your pockets and leave your briefcase, purse, or other personal belongings in another room while you take your test.

You receive a specimen cup that you take into the bathroom. You then urinate into the cup and must produce at least 45 milliliters for an effective sample. When you finish urinating, you place a lid on the cup and either bring it to the technician or place it in the special box provided in the bathroom.

The temperature of your sample is measured to ensure it’s in the expected range. Dr. Aggarwal discusses the results of your test, if necessary, during your appointment.

Why is UDS testing used for medical care and pain management?

UDS testing is one of many tools Dr. Aggarwal can use to evaluate your health. It improves a physician’s ability to utilize medications and drugs effectively, protects your health, and helps to minimize treatment costs.

A urine drug test helps pain management specialists like Dr. Aggarwal detect potential substance abuse problems, prevent risky drug interactions, and more. Dr. Aggarwal can help you manage your pain, relieve your symptoms, and improve your health as safely and effectively as possible. If substance misuse is detected in a UDS test, it’s only an indication that there’s a problem and the appropriate professional medical guidance is needed to safely address it.

UDS testing can also reduce the risk of toxicity in those more vulnerable to adverse drug effects.

UDS testing is ultimately a way to enhance your care and put your safety first on your journey to better health and pain and symptom relief. Dr. Aggarwal offers consultations, treatments, and ample time for each individual.

Call the Texas Anesthesia Back Pain Center or schedule your appointment online today.