Pre-approval needed before initial participation. This service is available to California public health laboratories only.
Supplemental Information or Form
Form LAB 402 (10/11) or LAB 402 (5/03)
Performed on Specimens from
Sputum, tissue or body fluid
Acceptable Sample/Specimen Type for Testing
Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT) inoculated with processed decontaminated specimen material
Minimum Volume Required
Storage & Preservation of Specimen Prior to Shipping
No incubation after MGIT inoculated
Patient’s name, accession number
Shipping Instructions which Include Specimen Handling Requirements
Ship MGIT as diagnostic specimen. Tape caps after tightening.
Incubation and automated growth detection in MGIT 960. When positive for mycobacteria, identification. For TB complex isolates, identification and drug susceptibility testing will be performed, as well as molecular detection of drug resistance.
6 weeks for negative cultures, positives usually reported within 4 weeks
Interferences & Limitations
Unable to isolate acid-fast bacilli seen in positive MGIT smears due to overgrowth of bacterial and/or fungal contaminants.
MDL Points of Contact
(510) 412-3924 or (510) 412-3781
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