Turnaround Time

STAT

  • 4 hours from courier pickup

Routine

  • 24 hours from collection for testing performed at UC Health Laboratory
  • Varies for referred tests not indicated on UCHL test menu. Please call Customer Service (585-LABS) for specific TAT information.

Pathology

  • Call Pathology Department (585-7284) for specific information.

Microbiology/Molecular

Test Name Average TAT No Growth/Normal Flora (from time of receipt) Average TAT
Positive Findings
(from time of receipt)
CSF culture/Gram stain 5 d/ 2 h 2 d/ 2 h
Acid-fast culture/Acid-fast Microbiology smear 6 w /1 d 10 w /1 d
Anaerobic culture 5 d/ 1 d >10 d/ 1 d
Bacterial Vaginitis DNA Affirm 24 h 24 h
Blood culture, acid-fast 8 w 4-10 w
Blood culture/Gram stain (if positive) 5 d 1-5 d/ 4 h (if positive)
Blood culture, fungal 4 w 4-6 w
Body fluid culture/Gram stain 5 d/ 4 h 1-5 d /12 h
Bone Marrow Cultures/gram stain 5 d/ 1 h 1 d
Bronchial lavage culture 48 h

1 d

Bronchial wash culture 48 h

1 d

Cath Tip Culture 4 d

1 d

Chlamydia culture 4 d

4 d

Chlamydia/GC DNA probe 4 d

4 d

Clostridium difficile PCR 24 h

24 h

CSF Culture/gram stain 5 d/ 1 h

1 d

Cryptococcal antigen 36 h

< 4 h

Environmental culture 48 h

1 d

Enterovirus PCR CSF 12 h

12 h

Eye culture 48 h

4 d

Factor V Leiden/Factor II DNA mutation 12 h

12 h

Fecal Leukocyte 24 h

24 h

Fungal culture 4 w

4-6 w

GC culture 72 h

4 d

Genital culture 72 h

4 d

Giardia/Crypto Antigen 12 h

12 h

Gram stain NA

Stat: 2 h /Routine: 24 h

HIV Quants 4 d

4 d

HCV Quants 5 d

5 d

HPV with genotyping 7 d

7 d

India ink 24 h

24 h

Influenza PCR 12 h

12 h

Legionella culture 7 d

3 d

Legionella urine antigen 12 h

12 h

MRSA/Staph aureus screen culture 24 h

24 h

Nasal/Nasopharyngeal culture 48 h

72 h

O & P 72 h

72 h

Respiratory viral culture 48 h

48 h

Routine culture/Gram stain

3 d/12 h

1 d

RSV antigen 12 h

< 4 h

Sputum culture/Gram Stain 48h/12h 1d
Stool culture panel 48h 24d
Strep A DNA probe/ Strep B DNA assay 72h 72h
Strep A – rapid antigen 1h 1h
Strep pneumo Urine/ CSF Antigen 1h 1h
Tissue culture 72h 1d
Transfusion reaction/Gram stain 6d/2h 6d/2h
Urine culture
(mid-stream, Foley catheter)
48h 1d
Urine culture
(straight catheter and cysto)
48h 1d
Viral culture, routine 21d 48h
VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococcus) 24h 24h