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Test ID: FPCA3    
PCA3 Assay

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.


Collect specimen using PROGENSA Urine Specimen Transport Tube (supply T695) as follows:

1. Patient should undergo a thorough digital rectal exam (DRE) (3 strokes per lobe). Collect the first 20-30 mL urine of the patient’s next void immediately following the DRE. If more than 30 mL collected, do not discard, mix thoroughly.

2. Mix to re-suspend cells, pipette 2.5 mL of urine to PROGENSA tube. The maximum time between collection and transfer to the PROGENSA tube is 20 minutes. The correct volume of urine has been added when the fluid level is between the black fill lines on the PROGENSA urine transport tube. Invert tube 5 times to mix the urine and the transport medium.

3. Send PROGENSA transport tube ambient.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

2.5 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected




Warm OK; Cold OK






Volume <2 mL; incorrect collection kit; Aptima media


Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
UrineAmbient (preferred)5 days
 Frozen 5 days
 Refrigerated 5 days