Test Catalog

Take Our Survey

Test ID: MCRNA    
Chlamydia trachomatis, Miscellaneous Sites, by Nucleic Acid Amplification (GEN-PROBE)

Testing Algorithm Delineates situation(s) when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

This test is used for specimens that are not FDA approved for this assay. Acceptable non-FDA-approved specimen types are ocular, oral, anal or rectal swabs, and peritoneal fluid.

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.

Specimen source is required.


Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Swab specimen must be collected using an APTIMA Collection Unisex Swab (Supply T583) or APTIMA Collection Vaginal Swab (Supply T584). These swabs are contained in the APTIMA Collection Kit.


Specimen Type: Oral/throat or ocular (corneal/conjunctiva) or rectal/anal

Container/Tube: APTIMA Swab Collection System (Supply T583)

Specimen Volume: Swab

Collection Instructions:

1. Swab site using APTIMA Collection Unisex Swab.

Note: The white swab provided within the collection kit is a cleaning swab and should not be used for collection. Discard the white cleaning swab.

2. Place swab in transport tube provided in collection kit. Snap off swab at score line so swab fits into closed tube.

3. Cap tube securely, and label tube with patient's entire name, and date and time of collection.

4. Transport swab container to laboratory and store (refrigerated is preferred) within 60 days of collection.


Specimen Type: Peritoneal fluid (pelvic wash, cul-de-sac fluid)

Container/Tube: APTIMA Specimen Transfer Tube (Supply T652)

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Transfer specimen into the APTIMA Specimen Transfer Tube (Supply T652) within 24 hours of collection.

2. Cap tube securely, and label tube with patient's entire name, and date and time of collection.

3. Transport APTIMA Specimen Transfer Tube to laboratory (refrigerated is preferred) within 30 days of collection.

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.

Peritoneal Fluid: 1 mL

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








Sources other than those listed above

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
VariesRefrigerated (preferred)