Packed Cell Volume (PCV) Haematocrit

Test Method
See FBE
Specimen Required
Blood (EDTA)
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
Same Day / Next Day
Normal Ranges
Adult Male 0.4 – 0.54, Adult Female 0.37 – 0.47
Reference Ranges
0.40-0.54
Contact
9342 9644

Parainfluenza virus detection

Test Method
Real-time TaqMan PCR
Specimen Required
Any respiratory sample
Spec Type Min
200uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
3-45 Ct
Billing Advice
Non-rebatable
Contact
9342 9628

Parasite Identification (ecto- or endo-parasites)

Test Method
Staining and microscopy
Specimen Required
Parasite – fresh or in 60% ethanol, Avoid crushing.
Spec Type Min
n/a
When Tested
On request
Turnaround Time
7 days
Normal Ranges
n/a
Reference Ranges
n/a
Cut Off Lower
n/a
Units of Measurement
n/a
Billing Advice
Non-rebatable
Contact
9342 9670

Parechovirus PCR

Test Method
Real-time TaqMan PCR
Specimen Required
Swab, NTS, CSF, faeces, blood
Spec Type Min
200uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
3-45 Ct
Units of Measurement
Ct
Billing Advice
Non-rebatable
Contact
9342 9628

Parvovirus B19 PCR

Test Method
Real-time TaqMan PCR
Specimen Required
Blood (ACD or EDTA), amniotic fluid
Spec Type Min
200uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day/ next day
Reference Ranges
3-45 Ct
Units of Measurement
Ct
Billing Advice
Non-rebatable
Contact
9342 9628

Parvovirus B19 Serology

Test Method
IgG, IgM EIA
Specimen Required
Serum (clotted blood), PLASMA
When Tested
2x Weekly
Reference Ranges
cutoff control mean = cutoff value
neg pos >cutoff x 1.15
cutoff x 0.85 < equiv < cutoff value x 1.15
Units of Measurement
Optical density
Contact
9342 9647 / 9342 9648

Phosphate

Test Method
Chemical reaction
Specimen Required
Serum (clotted blood) or plasma (Li-heparin).
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
0.80 – 1.50 mmol/L.
Units of Measurement
mmol/L.
Contact
9342 9640

Platelet Count

Test Method
See FBE
Specimen Required
Blood (EDTA)
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
Same Day / Next Day
Normal Ranges
150 – 400 x 10^9/L
Reference Ranges
150-400x109/L
Contact
9342 9644

Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) PCR

Test Method
Taqman real time PCR Assay
Specimen Required
Sputum, induced sputum, bronchial washing, BAL.
Spec Type Min
200 ul
When Tested
daily (on request)
Turnaround Time
24 hour
Normal Ranges
n/a
Reference Ranges
Ct <32 - positive
Ct>32-40 - low positive
Cut Off Lower
Positive: 32 ct-value, Low positive >/=33 ct value
Units of Measurement
Cycle Theshold (Ct-value)
Billing Advice
Medicare rebatable
Contact
9342 9670

Poliovirus 1, 2, 3 Serology

Test Method
Virus neutralisaion
Specimen Required
Serum (clotted blood) or blood (ACD or EDTA)
Spec Type Min
500uL
When Tested
Contact laboratory
Turnaround Time
Two weeks once acute and convalescent sera are received
Normal Ranges
N/A
Reference Ranges
N/A
Cut Off Lower
N/A
Units of Measurement
N/A
Billing Advice
N/A
Contact
9342 9607

Poliovirus Intratypic Differentiation and Vaccine Derived Poliovirus

Test Method
Real Time RT-PCR
Specimen Required
Cell culture isolate
Spec Type Min
50 ul cell culture lysate
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
7 Days
Normal Ranges
N/A
Reference Ranges
N/A
Cut Off Lower
N/A
Units of Measurement
Ct
Billing Advice
N/A
Contact
9342 9607

Poliovirus Sequencing

Test Method
RT-PCR, Nucleic acid sequencing
Specimen Required
Nucleic acid extract, cell culture lysate, original specimen and/or specimen extract.
Spec Type Min
20 ul nucleic acid extract, 50 ul cell culture lysate or specimen extract
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
7 Days
Normal Ranges
N/A
Reference Ranges
N/A
Cut Off Lower
N/A
Units of Measurement
N/A
Billing Advice
N/A
Contact
9342 9607

Potassium

Test Method
Ion exchange with the selective potassium electrode.
Specimen Required
Serum (clotted blood) or plasma (Li-heparin).
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
3.5 - 4.8 mmol/L.
Units of Measurement
mmol/L
Contact
9342 9640

Poxvirus PCR

Test Method
Real-time TaqMan PCR
Specimen Required
Vesicle fluid/swab
Spec Type Min
200uL
When Tested
On request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
3-45 Ct
Units of Measurement
Ct
Billing Advice
Non-rebatable
Contact
9342 9628

Pregnancy test (qualitative) bHCG

Test Method
Immunochromatography (ICT)
Specimen Required
Serum (clotted blood) or Urine
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
Same Day / Next Day
Reference Ranges
neg
Contact
9342 9644

Progesterone

Test Method
Luminescent Immunoassay.
Specimen Required
Serum (clotted blood).
When Tested
On request.
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
M: 0.5-3.0 umol/L F: Foll 1.0-4.9 umol/L Lut 16.5-60.0 umol/L Post menopausal <2.5 umol/L Pregnant (1st trimester) 15-162 umol/L
Units of Measurement
umol/L
Contact
9342 9640

Prolactin

Test Method
Luminescent Immunoassay.
Specimen Required
Serum (clotted blood) or plasma (Li-heparin).
When Tested
On request.
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
M: 40–275 mIU/L Fe: 40-420 mIU/L
Units of Measurement
mlU/L
Contact
9342 9640

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

Test Method
Luminescent Immunoassay.
Specimen Required
Serum (clotted blood).
When Tested
On request.
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
40-49 yrs: <2.5 ng/mL 50-59 yrs <3.5 ng/mL 60-69 yrs <4.5 ng/mL 70-79 yrs <6.5 ng/mL
Units of Measurement
ng/mL
Contact
9342 9640

Protein

Test Method
Chemical reaction. End point.
Specimen Required
Serum (clotted blood) or plasma (Li-heparin).
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
60 - 80 g/L.
Units of Measurement
g/L.
Contact
9342 9640