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HCG Screen, Serum, For Pregnancy Assessment Only

Components

Name Method Department Units
HCG Serum Screen Core Lab, Urinalysis Negative or Positive

Specimen Requirements

Serum Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume
Preferred

Gold tube, (SST) with Gel

3.5 mL 3.5 mL
Alternate

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

3 mL 3 mL
Alternate

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

Micro sample tube 1 mL
Stability

Refrigerated - 48 hour(s)
Frozen - 3 month(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Centrifuge within 1 hour, separate supernatant and refrigerate

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Not received within specified time frame
  • Gross hemolysis

Comments

This test is designed only to detect pregnancy. Do not use as a tumor marker. Test may not be ordered on male patients. Centrifuge, separate serum from cells, and refrigerate or freeze within 1 hour of collection. Must be poured off if sample is frozen.

CPT Code

  • 84703