Test Code: 
AFB
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
MAC, Mycobacterium, M. tuberculosis (TB) culture and microscopy
Collection Requirements: 
Tissue collected in sterile screw-capped jar / container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekdays, after hours page Medical Microbiologist
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
TIS
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
AFB
Tube Colour: 
150 ml sterile screw-capped jars (available from laboratory)
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
MAC, Mycobacterium, M. tuberculosis (TB) culture and microscopy
Collection Requirements: 
3 early morning (first void) urine specimens collected on consecutive days, with a minimum volume of 40 mls. _x000D_Note : Specimens with less than 40 mls will be rejected.
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekdays, after hours page Medical Microbiologist
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
U
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MLEPP
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Tissue, Urine, Respiratory specimens in a sterile container or _x000D__x000D_Paraffin embedded blocks (20 micron shavings)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MSPP
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Respiratory specimens, urine, Tissue collected in sterile container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
TIS, U, SP
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MTBP
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Tissue, Urine in a sterile container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
TIS, U
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MTBX
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Respiratory specimens in a sterile container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
SP, BW
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MULCP
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top unviversal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Tissue or _x000D__x000D_Paraffin embedded blocks (20 micron shavings)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
TIS
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MULCP
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Ulcer swab collected in Copan e-swab (liquid Amies) pink lid
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Sw
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
FUNG
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Hair (plucked) collected in sterile container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Hair
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MGENP
Tube Colour: 
Urine: Yellow top universal
Swab: Liquid Aimies (Pink top)
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Urine, Genital Swab
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
U, Sw
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Royal Children's Hospital
Laboratory: 
Serology
Test Code: 
US
Tube Colour: 
Urine-Yellow Top Universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Urine - 20-30 mls in sterile container. Send to laboratory within 2hrs of collection (refrigerate if delayed)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MISCSO
Tube Colour: 
Urine-Yelllow Top Universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Urine - 20-30 mls in sterile container. Send to laboratory within 2hrs of collection (refrigerate if delayed)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
RPBNAT
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Bronchial Washing
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
BW
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
RPBNAT
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Bronchial Alveolar lavage collected in sterile container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
BAL
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
RPBNAT
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Sputum
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Sp
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
MYCS
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Mycoplasma pneumoniae serology (Atypical pneumonia serology)
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Recommend acute and convalescent sera (2-3 weeks after symptom onset).
Test Code: 
SP
Tube Colour: 
Flexible aluminum wire swab
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Nasopharyngeal Aspirate culture/microscopy, NPA MC&S
Collection Requirements: 
SEE NOTES Nasopharyngeal aspirate collected in sterile container:
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekdays
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
ASP (Nasopharynx)
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
(Please specify if Bordetella Pertussis culture is required)
Test Code: 
NSR
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Hepatitis B surface Antibody Serology
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Serology
Note on request that this is the needlestick recipient
Test Code: 
NSS
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
HBSAG, HCAB, HIV
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml Serum tube (note on request that this is the needlestick source)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Initial tests are Medicare rebatable. Fees may apply if further testing is required.
Laboratory: 
Serology
Test Code: 
CTNGX
Tube Colour: 
Swab - Pink Lid Xpert CT/NG Vaginal / Endocervical Specimen Collection Kit
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Neisseria gonorrhoea PCR
Collection Requirements: 
Urethral swab(fine), rectal, genital, endocervical, vaginal, Swabs must be sent in a Pink lid Xpert CT/NG Vaginal / Endocervical Specimen collection kit. Collection kits are available from Specimen Reception, Pathology.
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Sw
Fee: 
Initial tests are Medicare rebatable. Fees may apply if further testing is required.
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Specimen should also be taken for Chlamydia detection. ABBOTT multicollection specimen collection kit available from pathology central specimen reception.
Test Code: 
CTNGX
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal
Xpert CT/NG Urine Specimen Collection Kit (yellow Lid)
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
N gonorrhoea, Neisseria gonorrhoea PCR
Collection Requirements: 
First pass urine. Ideally patient should NOT have urinated within 2 hours prior to collection. Collection kits are available from Specimen Reception, Pathology.
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
U
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
EBOLAP
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml EDTA and a Respiratory Swab._x000D__x000D_ Please contact the pathology service BEFORE collection.
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
EwL
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Australian Animal Health Laboratories
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Nipah virus is a PC-4 level pathogen and requests must be discussed with the Medical Microbiologist prior to sending specimen
Test Code: 
MISCSO
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Australian Animal Health Laboratories
Laboratory: 
Serology
Nipah virus is a PC-4 level pathogen and requests must be discussed with the Medical Microbiologist prior to sending specimen
Test Code: 
NOROX
Tube Colour: 
Gold top universal
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Norovirus PCR, Norwalk PCR, Noro outbreak
Collection Requirements: 
Faeces sample collected in sterile container
Reference Range: 
Not Detected
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Faec
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
FM, FAIMP
Tube Colour: 
SAF fixative container
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Faeces collected directly into SAF fixative is perferred
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Faec
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
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