Test Code: 
DEXA
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
DEXA
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
nmol/L
Availability: 
Fortnightly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Pathology Queensland - Central LaboratoryLevel 4, Block 7Herston Hospitals CampusRoyal Brisbane & Women's HospitalHerston RoadHerston, Qld 4029tel 07 3646 3636fax 07 3646 6160
Test Code: 
DIABAB
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
GAD Ab, IA2 AB
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
PSEU
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Light Green
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml Serum or 4.5 ml Lithium Heparin
Reference Range: 
79 - 84 no units
Availability: 
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Pathology Queensland - Central LaboratoryLevel 4, Block 7Herston Hospitals CampusRoyal Brisbane & Women's HospitalHerston RoadHerston, Qld 4029tel 07 3646 3636fax 07 3646 6160
Test Code: 
PSEU
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Reference Range: 
79 - 84 no units
Availability: 
Monthly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
DIC
Tube Colour: 
Light BlueANDLavender
Department: 
Haematology
Pseudonyms: 
D.I.C. Screen (DIC)
Collection Requirements: 
Sodium Citrate Tube (Coagulation) and EDTA tube (Platelet Count)
Reference Range: 
As reported
Availability: 
24 hours
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
C, EW
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Haematology
Sodium Citrate and EDTA should be collected. This screen includes Prothrombin Time, INR, APTT, Fibrinogen + D Dimer and the EDTA collected is required for a Platelet Count
Test Code: 
CYTO
Tube Colour: 
Yellow top universal/ 24 Hr plain container
Department: 
Cytology
Pseudonyms: 
Differential White Blood Cell (WBC) count
Collection Requirements: 
Min.10 ml Max.2 litres. For optimal results 50ml is required. All bloodstained fluid heparinized at 5 units/ml
Availability: 
Weekdays
Requires own tube?: 
No
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
A Differential Cell Count is a cytology test whereas a Cell Count is a Microbiology test* (See Below). For Pleural fluids, Pericardial fluids and Ascitic fluids, a Differential Cell Count determines the relative percentage of each type of white blood cell, including neutrophils, lymphocytes and eosinophils. For CSF(Cerebrospinal fluids) and Peritoneal Dialysis Fluids (PDF), a Differential Cell Count determines the relative percentage of each type of white blood cell, including neutrophils, lymphocytes and eosinophils, in 0.5 mL of fluid. This is expressed as a number of cells per 0.5 mL of fluid. A differential cell count can also detect abnormal white blood cell populations (eg, blasts, immature granulocytes, or circulating lymphoma cells in the fluid and abnormalities/malignancies. *A Cell Count (performed in Microbiology), measures the number of white blood cells and red blood cells in the fluid, and are usually expressed as a number of cells per unit of volume.
Test Code: 
DIG
Tube Colour: 
Light Green
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Dig
Collection Requirements: 
4.5 ml Lithium Heparin or 8.5 ml Serum
Reference Range: 
0.5-0.8 ug/L
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
DHT
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
DHT
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
nmol/L
Availability: 
Monthly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
South Eastern Area Laboratory Service (SEALS)Pathology BuildingCnr Kareena Road & The KingswayCaringbah, NSW 2229tel 02 9540 7430fax 02 9540 7427
Test Code: 
DIPS
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Post Vaccination
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Microbiology Diagnostic Unit (MDU)University Of Melbourne
Laboratory: 
Serology
Test Code: 
DIUR
Tube Colour: 
Urine (random)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Chlorothiazide, Hydrochlorothiazide, Quinethazone, Chlorthalidone, Methyclothiazide, Frusemide, Metolazone, Mefruside, Bendrofluazide, Cyclopenthiazide, Bumetanide.
Collection Requirements: 
10 ml Urine (random)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Fortnightly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Test Code: 
DNA
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Anti dsDNA | Anti-DNA Antibodies |ds DNA antibodies
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
<7.0 IU/mL
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
DNAth
Tube Colour: 
Pink
Department: 
Haematology
Pseudonyms: 
DNA Studies for Thalassaemia
Collection Requirements: 
6mL EDTA tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
Ew
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Monash Medical CentreMonash Health Pathology246 Clayton RoadClayton, Vic 3168tel 03 9594 4538
Laboratory: 
Haematology
This test requires an FBE, Haemoglobin Electrophoresis and Iron studies to be requested in order to fully interpret results. Turn around time - up to 3 months or longer.
Test Code: 
PSDNA
Tube Colour: 
Lavender
Department: 
Haematology
Pseudonyms: 
DNA Storage
Collection Requirements: 
3-10mL EDTA Whole Blood or 1-3mL Bone Marrow
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
EW, BM
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Peter MacCallum Cancer CentrePathology Department Level 4305 Grattan StreetMelbourne, Vic 3000
Laboratory: 
Molecular Haematology
Specimen MUST be delivered to laboratory within 24 hours of collection (Mon - 3pm Fri, excluding public holidays)
Test Code: 
STREP
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Anti-Dnase B
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Reference Laboratory: 
Children's Westmead Hospital - Sydney
Laboratory: 
Serology
Test Code: 
DL
Tube Colour: 
Red
Dark Green
Department: 
Haematology
Pseudonyms: 
Donath Landsteiner Test
Collection Requirements: 
SEE NOTES: Please ring laboratory and arrange directly with Medical Scientist. Collect 4 x 6mL Serum (clot, no gel) and 2 x 6mL Lithium Heparin tube.
Reference Range: 
Negative
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
SB & LH
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Blood Transfusion
Specimen must be kept at 37 C from collection to the Laboratory. Thermos for transport available from laboratory at RMH.
Test Code: 
DOPA
Tube Colour: 
Dark Green On Ice
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
PCAT
Collection Requirements: 
6 mL Lithium Heparin NO GEL on Ice. Sample collected via an indwelling catheter after 30 mins in a quiet room with minimal disturbance to the patient.
Reference Range: 
0.0 - 0.5 nmol/L
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Reference Laboratory: 
Austin PathologyAustin Hospital145 Studley RoadHeidelberg, Vic 3084tel 03 9496 3100fax 03 9496 1674
Testing for plasma free metanephrines (the O-methylated metabolites of catecholamines) is now considered the preferred test in screening for the presence of neuroendocrine secreting tumours such as phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas. Ref: Lenders et al 2002, JAMA 287:1427-1434
Test Code: 
U24CAT
Tube Colour: 
Urine (24 Hr Acid)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
24 Hr Urine (acid bottle, pH<3.0)
Reference Range: 
<3500 nmol/Day
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
UCAT
Tube Colour: 
Urine (random)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
10 ml Urine (acid)
Reference Range: 
No Ref Int nmol/L
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
UCAT
Tube Colour: 
Urine (acid Random)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
10 ml Urine (acid)
Reference Range: 
<630 nmol/mmol
Availability: 
Weekly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
DOA
Tube Colour: 
Urine (random)
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Drugs of Abuse Screen (Amphetamines, Benzodiazepines, Cannabinoids, Opiates)
Collection Requirements: 
10 ml Urine (random)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
3 x per week
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Test Code: 
DISACC
Tube Colour: 
Fluid Container
Department: 
Biochemistry
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
5 ml in sterile Container
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Fortnightly
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
Fee: 
Reference Laboratory: 
Royal Children's HospitalLaboratory ServicesLevel 4, East Building50 Flemington RoadParkville, Vic 3052tel 03 9345 4200fax 03 9345 9884
Test Code: 
ENT
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
Copan e-swab - liquid Amies (pink lid)
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily
Requires own tube?: 
No
Internal Spec Code: 
SW
Fee: 
Medicare rebatable
Laboratory: 
Microbiology
Test Code: 
EBOLAP
Tube Colour: 
Lavender
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
9 ml EDTA and a Respiratory Swab._x000D__x000D_ Please contact the pathology service BEFORE collection.
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
EwL
Fee: 
Contact reference laboratory directly for up to date fee advice.
Reference Laboratory: 
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Laboratory: 
Serology
Ebola virus is a PC-4 level pathogen and requests must be discussed with the Medical Microbiologist prior to sending specimen.
Test Code: 
EBNA
Tube Colour: 
Gold
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Collection Requirements: 
8.5 ml serum tube
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Daily (Mon - Fri)
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
S
Fee: 
Medicare Rebatable
Laboratory: 
Serology
Test Code: 
EBVL
Tube Colour: 
Lavender
Department: 
Microbiology
Pseudonyms: 
Epstein Barr Virus PCR; _x000D__x000D_EBV PCR
Collection Requirements: 
9 ml EDTA blood
Reference Range: 
Availability: 
Twice weekly
Requires own tube?: 
Yes
Internal Spec Code: 
EwL
Fee: 
Laboratory: 
Microbiology