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Lab Test Dictionary

Mycobacterial Identification (11137)


Nucleic Acid Probe


AFB; Acid Fast Bacili; Mycobacteria; Mycobacterium; MTB; TB

Specimen Type

Culture Isolate

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics San Juan Capistrano

Epic ID


Standard TAT

14-15 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

Pure isolate collected on an agar slant in a double-walled container

Container Type

Agar Slant

Collection Instructions

3 mL positive broth collected in bottle or tube is also acceptable.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp: 30 Days; Refrigerated: 30 Days; Frozen: Unacceptable

Test Volume Required

3 mL

Minimum Test Volume

3 mL

Processing Instructions

Indicate original culture specimen ID and source in comment, on specimen and on batch sheet.


For Nocardia Identification refer to TC 14673 Bacterial Identification and Susceptibility, Aerobic or TC 34118 Bacteria Identification, Aerobic.

CPT Codes

87149; 87118; 87153; 87190