Ordering Recommendation

Detection of pregnancy.

Mnemonic
BHCG QNT
Methodology

Chemiluminescent Immunoassay

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

Within 24 hours

New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect

Plasma separator tube (PST), serum separator tube (SST), or plain red.

Specimen Preparation

Serum specimens must sit for 15-20 minutes for proper clot formation and to assure the absence of fibrin in the serum, which can interfere with this test. Separate serum from cells within 24 hours of collection. Transfer 2 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature

Frozen.

Unacceptable Conditions

Specimens exposed to repeated freeze/thaw cycles. Test ordered for tumor markers or on males.

Remarks

This test is not appropriate for tumor marker studies and should not be performed on males.

Stability

After separation from cells: Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 year

Reference Interval

Female: Less than 5 IU/L

Interpretive Data



No compliance statements are in use for this test.

Note

This test measures free beta subunits plus intact beta-hCG.

For tumor marker testing, order Beta-hCG, Serum Quantitative (Tumor Marker) (0070029). 

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

84702

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0070025 Beta-hCG, Serum Quantitative 21198-7
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Aliases
  • Beta hCG, quantitative, female
  • Chorionic gonadotropin
  • hCG
  • Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
  • Total Beta-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, female
Beta-hCG, Serum Quantitative