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HCG Screen, Serum, For Pregnancy Assessment Only (Updated)


Name Method Department Units
HCG Serum Screen Rapid chromatographic immunoassay
Core Lab, Blood Gases Negative or Positive

Specimen Requirements

Serum Spun

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Gold tube, (SST) with Gel

3.5 mL 3.5 mL

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

3 mL 3 mL

Red tube, (no anticoagulant), No Gel

Micro sample tube 1 mL

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


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