Time Sensitive

Ordering Recommendation

Quantitative culture to identify bacterial causes of urinary tract infections.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Midstream urine or foley catheter urine.

Specimen Preparation

Transfer urine to a sterile container. (Min: 1 mL) Also acceptable: Transfer urine to a boric acid transport tube (fill to minimum line).

Storage/Transport Temperature

Unpreserved: Refrigerated.
Boric Acid Transport Tube: Room temperature.

Unacceptable Conditions

Urine from catheter bag. Multiple (more than one in 24 hours), 24-hour, or pooled specimens. Foley catheter tips (syringe with needle attached). Delayed transport of unpreserved urine (greater than two hours at room temperature or greater than 24 hours refrigerated).


Specimen source required.


Unpreserved: Ambient: 2 hours; Refrigerated: 24 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable.
Boric Acid Tube: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 48 hours; Frozen: Unacceptable.


Culture/Methods may include biochemical, mass spectrometry, or sequencing.




1-3 days
Negative culture reported at 3 days.  Positive culture reported as soon as detected.

Reference Interval

No growth.
Identification and susceptibility tests are performed on significant isolates.

Interpretive Data

Compliance Category



Identification and susceptibility tests are billed separately from culture.

Gram stain is performed by request only. Results indicate colony count plus identification of significant isolates.

Hotline History


CPT Codes

87086; Identification CPT codes may vary based on method  


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0060131 Culture, Urine 630-4
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