Biopsy, bone and soft tissue specimens (microbiology)


Test indications

  • Bacterial infection
  • Fungal infection
  • TB

Test information

State anatomical site and suspected cause.

Samples required

  • needle aspirate
  • needle biopsy
  • tissue

In sterile universal container. Do not add fixative or formalin.

Turnaround time*

9 working days (negative results typically available 2 days earlier), up to 11 days for prolonged incubation.

60 working days for routine TB specimens.

* Quoted turnaround times are the time from receipt of specimen into the laboratory to 90% of reports leaving the laboratory. Stated times are based on normal working hours, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory bank and public holidays.