Days Set Up
Sunday - Friday
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 12-24 hours. The health care provider will be notified of positive cultures. Negative cultures are reported after 6 weeks.

Soft Order Code
BAFB

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Synonyms

AFBS
Urine Culture, AFB
Culture, Urine, AFB
Mycobacteria Culture, Urine
TB Culture, Urine
AFB BTA CULTURE
AFB Smear and Culture
BAFB
Acid Fast Bacilli Culture, Urine

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

VersaTrek, Culture

Test Usage

Isolate and identify mycobacteria

Reference Range

No growth of mycobacteria

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

Specimen Requirements

Offsite Collection Instructions

Collect clean catch midstream first morning voided urine (preferred) or random urine (accepted). For optimum recovery, send immediately. If specimen must be stored, refrigerate immediately after specimen collection. May be refrigerated up to 24 hrs. Indicate specimen source, collection date/time, current antibiotic therapy, and clinical diagnosis. If an unacceptable specimen is received, the client will be notified and another specimen will be requested before disposal of the specimen.

Normal Volume
50 mL urine. Low volume specimens will be held up to 7 days and pooled with subsequent specimens until minimum volume is met.
Minimum Volume
50 mL urine or entire voided volume. Low volume specimens will be held up to 7 days and pooled with subsequent specimens until minimum volume is met.

Billing Information

CPT Code
87116 Culture, 87206 Smear
Pro Fee Code
 
Insurance Auth Info
 
LOINC
 

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Our High Standard

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.