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culture, bacterial, throat
Synonyms: Throat Culture; Beta Strep Screen 
Computer Code: BST
Specimen Collection: Culturette swab. 
Minimum Volume:  
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Transport at room temperature within 24 hours. 
Reference Values: Normal Oral Flora (see sputum for listing). Used for identification of Beta hemolytic Streptococcus group A only. GRAM STAIN IS NOT AVAILABLE ON THROAT SPECIMENS.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Daily 
Routine TAT: Neg: 2 days Pos: 1-2 days 
Stat TAT: NA 
CPT Code(s): 87081 
LCD or NCD:  
Methodology Used: 14
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 04/23/2014
Time: 12:00:15 (24hr)