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culture, bacterial, mycobacteria with smear
Synonyms: Mycobacteria Culture; Acid Fast Culture; AFB Culture 
Computer Code: AFBCS
Specimen Collection: Place specimen in sterile screw capped tube or collection cup. For urine, first morning void. Inoculate blood (5 mLs) or bone marrow into BacT/Alert MB bottle, provided by lab at 2-3511. Alert lab if sending a gastric wash. Swab specimens are highly discouraged. 
Minimum Volume: 3-5 mL 
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Refrigerate. 
Reference Values: Negative Smears for acid fast bacilli are routinely performed on all specimens except urine, blood, bone marrow and bone. For M. tuberculosis, susceptibility testing is referred to NYSDOH.  
Lab Code: MIC 
Requisition: MICRO
Test Frequency: Mon-Fri 
Routine TAT: Neg: 8 weeks Pos: 3-8 weeks 
Stat TAT: NA 
CPT Code(s): 87116, 87206, 87015 
LCD or NCD:  
Methodology Used: 14, 52
See Addendum XVII

Albany Medical Center
43 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY, 12208
Date: 04/24/2014
Time: 06:40:15 (24hr)