Packed Cell Volume (PCV) Haematocrit

Test Method
See FBE
Specimen Required
Blood (EDTA)
Spec Type Min
4.5mL
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
Test performed by RMH Haematology (9342 7402)

Parainfluenza virus detection

Test Method
Real-time TaqMan PCR
Specimen Required
Aspirate, Biopsy, Blood (ACD), Blood (EDTA), Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Bone Marrow, Bowel Contents, Brushings, Cerebrospinal Fluid, Culture Isolate, Faeces, Fluid, Lavage, Milk, Non-human specimen, Nucleic Acid Extract, Other, Paraffin embedded tissue, Plasma, Plasma (ACD), Plasma (EDTA), Saliva, Scraping, Semen, Serum, Sputum, Swab, Tissue, Urine, Virus Isolate, Washings
Spec Type Min
200uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
3-45 Ct
Related Tests
see Respiratory virus PCR
Billing Advice
Non-rebatable
Contact
9342 9628

Parasite Identification (ecto- or endo-parasites)

Test Method
Staining and microscopy
Specimen Required
Aspirate, Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Cerebrospinal Fluid, Culture Isolate, Faeces, Fluid, Lavage, Nail Clippings, Serum, Sputum, Swab, Tissue, Urine, Washings
When Tested
On request
Turnaround Time
7 days
Billing Advice
Non-rebatable
Contact
9342 9670

Parechovirus PCR

Test Method
Real-time TaqMan PCR
Specimen Required
Aspirate, Biopsy, Blood (ACD), Blood (EDTA), Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Bone Marrow, Bowel Contents, Brushings, Cerebrospinal Fluid, Culture Isolate, Faeces, Fluid, Lavage, Milk, Non-human specimen, Nucleic Acid Extract, Other, Paraffin embedded tissue, Plasma, Plasma (ACD), Plasma (EDTA), Saliva, Scraping, Semen, Serum, Sputum, Swab, Tissue, Urine, Virus Isolate, Washings
Spec Type Min
200uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
3-45 Ct
Units of Measurement
Ct
Related Tests
See Enterovirus PCR
Billing Advice
Non-rebatable
Contact
9342 9628

Parechovirus PCR genotyping (subsequent testing attempts to genotype the enterovirus using a different gene target)

Test Method
conventional PCR, sequencing, analysis
Specimen Required
Aspirate, Biopsy, Blood (ACD), Blood (EDTA), Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Bone Marrow, Bowel Contents, Brushings, Cerebrospinal Fluid, Culture Isolate, Faeces, Fluid, Lavage, Milk, Non-human specimen, Nucleic Acid Extract, Other, Paraffin embedded tissue, Plasma, Plasma (ACD), Plasma (EDTA), Saliva, Scraping, Semen, Serum, Sputum, Swab, Tissue, Urine, Virus Isolate, Washings
Spec Type Min
200uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
1 Month
Reference Ranges
n/a
Contact
9342 9628

Parvovirus B19 PCR

Test Method
Real-time TaqMan PCR
Specimen Required
Aspirate, Biopsy, Blood (ACD), Blood (EDTA), Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Bone Marrow, Bowel Contents, Brushings, Cerebrospinal Fluid, Culture Isolate, Faeces, Fluid, Lavage, Milk, Non-human specimen, Nucleic Acid Extract, Other, Paraffin embedded tissue, Plasma, Plasma (ACD), Plasma (EDTA), Saliva, Scraping, Semen, Serum, Sputum, Swab, Tissue, Urine, Virus Isolate, Washings
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
Blood (EDTA), Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Lithium Heparin), Blood (Sodium Citrate), Blood (Whole), Plasma, Plasma (Sodium Citrate), Serum
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
Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Plasma, Serum
Spec Type Min
500uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
0.80 – 1.50 mmol/L.
Units of Measurement
mmol/L.
Contact
Test performed by RMH Biochemistry (9342 7360)

Picornavirus(see Respiratory PCR)

Test Method
Conventional PCR
Specimen Required
Aspirate, Biopsy, Blood (ACD), Blood (EDTA), Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Bone Marrow, Bowel Contents, Brushings, Cerebrospinal Fluid, Culture Isolate, Faeces, Fluid, Lavage, Milk, Non-human specimen, Nucleic Acid Extract, Other, Paraffin embedded tissue, Plasma, Plasma (ACD), Plasma (EDTA), Saliva, Scraping, Semen, Serum, Sputum, Swab, Tissue, Urine, Virus Isolate, Washings
Spec Type Min
200uL
When Tested
On Request
Reference Ranges
n/a
Contact
9342 9628

Platelet Count

Test Method
See FBE
Specimen Required
Blood (EDTA)
Spec Type Min
4.5mL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
Same Day / Next Day
Normal Ranges
150 – 400 x 10^9/L
Reference Ranges
150-400x109/L
Contact
Test performed by RMH Haematology (9342 7402)

Pneumocystis jiroveci (carinii) PCR

Test Method
Taqman real time PCR Assay
Specimen Required
Aspirate, Biopsy, Cerebrospinal Fluid, Fluid, Lavage, Plasma, Sputum, Swab, Tissue, Washings, Serum
Spec Type Min
200uL
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)
Related Tests
n/a
Billing Advice
Medicare rebatable
Contact
9342 9670

Poliovirus 1, 2, 3 Serology

Test Method
Virus neutralisaion
Specimen Required
Blood (ACD), Blood (EDTA), Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Plasma (ACD), Plasma (EDTA), Serum
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
Related Tests
Poliovirus isolation
Billing Advice
N/A
Contact
9342 9607

Poliovirus Intratypic Differentiation and Vaccine Derived Poliovirus

Test Method
Real Time RT-PCR
Specimen Required
Culture Isolate, Nucleic Acid Extract, Virus 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
Related Tests
Poliovirus isolation, Poliovirus sequencing, Enterovirus typing
Billing Advice
N/A
Contact
9342 9607

Poliovirus Sequencing

Test Method
RT-PCR, Nucleic acid sequencing
Specimen Required
Culture Isolate, Faeces, Nucleic Acid Extract, Virus Isolate
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
Related Tests
Enterovirus (poliovirus) Isolation, Poliovirus Intratypic Differentiation and Vaccine Derived Poliovirus, Enterovirus Typing
Billing Advice
N/A
Contact
9342 9607

Potassium

Test Method
Ion exchange with the selective potassium electrode.
Specimen Required
Serum or plasma (Li-heparin).Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Plasma, Serum
Spec Type Min
Serum 500uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
3.5 - 4.8 mmol/L.
Units of Measurement
mmol/L
Related Tests
U&E
Contact
Test performed by RMH Biochemistry (9342 7360)

Poxvirus PCR

Test Method
Real-time TaqMan PCR
Specimen Required
Aspirate, Biopsy, Blood (ACD), Blood (EDTA), Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Bone Marrow, Bowel Contents, Brushings, Cerebrospinal Fluid, Culture Isolate, Faeces, Fluid, Lavage, Milk, Non-human specimen, Nucleic Acid Extract, Other, Paraffin embedded tissue, Plasma, Plasma (ACD), Plasma (EDTA), Saliva, Scraping, Semen, Serum, Sputum, Swab, Tissue, Urine, Virus Isolate, Washings
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
Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Serum, Urine
Spec Type Min
500uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
Same Day / Next Day
Reference Ranges
neg
Contact
Test performed by RMH Haematology (9342 7402)

Progesterone

Test Method
Luminescent Immunoassay
Specimen Required
Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Plasma, Serum
Spec Type Min
500uL
When Tested
2 x Weekly
Turnaround Time
7 days
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
Test performed by RMH Biochemistry (9342 7360)

Prolactin

Test Method
Luminescent Immunoassay.
Specimen Required
Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Plasma, Serum
Spec Type Min
Serum 500uL
When Tested
2 x Weekly
Turnaround Time
7 days
Reference Ranges
M: 40–275 mIU/L Fe: 40-420 mIU/L
Units of Measurement
mlU/L
Contact
Test performed by RMH Biochemistry (9342 7360)

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

Test Method
Luminescent Immunoassay
Specimen Required
SerumBlood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Plasma, Serum
Spec Type Min
500uL
When Tested
2 x Weekly
Turnaround Time
7 days
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
Test performed by RMH Biochemistry (9342 7360)

Protein

Test Method
Chemical reaction. End point.
Specimen Required
Blood (Gel Tube), Blood (Whole), Plasma, Serum
Spec Type Min
500uL
When Tested
On Request
Turnaround Time
same day / next day
Reference Ranges
60 - 80 g/L.
Units of Measurement
g/L.
Contact
Test performed by RMH Biochemistry (9342 7360)