SAFB - Overview: Acid-Fast Smear for Mycobacterium

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: SAFB    
Acid-Fast Smear for Mycobacterium

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Detection of acid-fast bacilli in clinical specimens

Reflex Tests Lists test(s) that may or may not be performed, at an additional charge, depending on the result and interpretation of the initial test(s)

Test IDReporting NameAvailable SeparatelyAlways Performed
TBTMycobacteria Culture, ConcNo, (Bill Only)No
TISSRTissue ProcessingNo, (Bill Only)No

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

When this test is ordered, the reflex tests may be performed and charged.

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

Auramine-Rhodamine Stain

NY State Approved Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name A shorter/abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test; an abbreviated test name

Acid Fast Smear For Mycobacterium

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

Acid-Fast Bacilli (AFB)
Acid-Fast Smear for Mycobacterium
AFB (Acid-Fast Bacilli)
Bacillus, Acid-Fast
MTB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB)
Smear, Acid-Fast Bacilli (AFB)
TB (Tuberculosis)
Tubercle Bacilli: Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Tuberculosis (TB)