Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 24 hours. Negative cultures are reported after 4 days. Orthopedic specimens are reported after 15 days.

Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Foreign Body Culture, Aerobic
Culture, Foreign Body, Aerobic
Donor Cornea, Aerobic Culture
Heart Valve, Aerobic Culture
IUD, Aerobic Culture
Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter, Aerobic Culture
Valve, Aerobic Culture
Ventricular Catheter, Aerobic

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

Isolation and identification of potentially pathogenic organisms.

Reference Range

No growth

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Specimen type: Heart valve, peritoneal dialysis catheter, ventricular catheter, donor cornea rim, catheter tip. Avoid contamination with normal flora from skin. Indicate current antibiotic therapy and clinical diagnosis.

Collection Offsite

Acceptable specimen types: Heart valve, peritoneal dialysis catheter, ventricular catheter. Avoid contamination with normal flora from skin. For optimum recovery, send immediately.

Normal Volume
1 item
Minimum Volume
1 item

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.