Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference
Anti-HLA fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)/CD3 phycoerythrin monoclonal antibody reagent is added to human whole blood. The fluorochrome-labeled antibodies bind specifically to leukocyte surface antigens. The stained specimens are treated with lysing solution to lyse red blood cells, then washed and fixed prior to flow cytometric analysis. The flow cytometer is set up using BD caliBRITE beads with Autocomp software and HLA-B27 calibration beads with the HLA-B27 software. The HLA-B27 software first identifies, on a forward scatter (FSC) versus fluorescence 2 (FL2) dot plot, the cluster of events with a uniformly bright CD3-positive signal (T-lymphocytes). During analysis, the median fluorescence intensity of the anti-HLA-B27 FITC signal is calculated for the events included in the FSC/FL2 gate. Specimens with a median fluorescence 1 channel result greater than or equal to the decision marker are considered HLA-B27 positive. Specimens with a median channel result lower than the decision marker are considered HLA-B27 negative. This decision marker is encoded in the suffix of the reagent lot number listed on the vial label.(Package insert: HLA-B27 Test Kit. Becton-Dickinson, San Jose, CA)
PDF Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information
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; 7:30-5 p.m.
Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
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