The Urine Culture, Routine test is used to isolate and identify bacteria which are present in low numbers in the urinary tract. This test may be used for women who are experiencing swelling and irritation of the urethra. For women, up to three collections may be necessary for the most accurate identification of bacterium. For most men, a single collection will yield accurate results. Patients for whom this test is not diagnostic may wish to order the Urine Culture, Comprehensive test.
Turnaround time for this test is typically 3 business days.
The specimen collection for the Urine Culture, Routine test has specific requirements. This urine sample is performed by the “clean-catch” technique. The technician at the lab will explain instructions upon your arrival or you may speak to a Request A Test representative for more details. Please note: First morning specimens yield highest bacterial counts from overnight incubation in the bladder, and are the best specimens. Yet, you may still provide a specimen any time throughout the day.