Chlamydia trachomatis, Fluorescence Staining of MicroTrak Slides
Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference
Monoclonal antibodies have been prepared against the major outer membrane protein present in all 15 known human serovars of Chlamydia trachomatis and in both forms of the organism: the infectious elementary body, and the metabolically active, replicating reticulate body. The antibodies are labeled with fluorescein isothiocyanate. When the specimen is applied directly to a slide well and stained, the antibody conjugate binds specifically to any Chlamydia trachomatis present in the smear. A rinse step removes unbound antibody. When viewed under a fluorescence microscope, stained smears from Chlamydia-positive specimens contain apple-green elementary or reticulate bodies contrasted by the reddish-brown background of the counterstained cells.(Package insert: MicroTrak Chlamydia trachomatis Direct Specimen Test. Trinity Biotech, Jamestown, NY, July 2008)
Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.
Monday through Friday; 1st Shift
Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.
Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result
Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded
Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test