A Complete blood count (CBC) test is one of the most common blood tests done. A blood sample is taken which is prevented from clotting by using a preservative in the blood bottle. Also known as Full Blood Count (CBC).
Counts the number of red cells, white cells and platelets per millilitre of blood.
Measures the size of the red blood cells and calculates their average (mean) size.
Calculates the proportion of blood made up from red blood cells (the haematocrit).
Measures the amount of haemoglobin in the red blood cells.