SGSU - Performance: Synthetic Glucocorticoid Screen, Urine

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: SGSU    
Synthetic Glucocorticoid Screen, Urine

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

The synthetic glucocorticoids are extracted from 0.5 mL of urine using an acetonitrile protein precipitation followed by methylene chloride liquid extraction of the solvent. Cortisol-9, 11, 12, 12-d, and triamcinolone-d1 acetonide-d6 are added to each sample before the liquid extraction and serve as the internal standards. Then, 17 mcL of the reconstituted sample extract is injected into a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system and analyzed by tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). The mass spectrometer has an electrospray interface and is operated in the multiple-reaction monitoring positive mode. The calibration utilizes a 4-point standard curve over a concentration range of 0 to 25 mcg/dL.(McWhinney BC, Ward G, Hickman PE: Improved HPLC method for simultaneous analysis of cortisol, 11-deoxycortisol, prednisolone, methylprednisolone, and dexamethasone in serum and urine. Clin Chem 1996;42:979-981; Savu S, Silvestro L, Haag A, Sorgel F: A confirmatory HPLC-MS/MS method for ten synthetic corticosteroids in bovine urines. J Mass Spectrom 1996 December;31[12]:1351-1363)

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.

Tuesday, Thursday; 9:00 a.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.

3 days

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

9 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

3 months

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test