Urinalysis, Microscopic Only

This test is for use at BFCMC, McKee and Summit View laboratories.
For NCMC use for IRIS downtime or if specimen is too bloody, mucoid or insufficient volume. All other times order: Urinalysis, Microscopic Only, reflex to culture if indicated/Lab order only MIC Only.

Test Code
Lab order only MIC ONLY - NOCO

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
10 mL urine in clean, plastic urine container

Minimum Volume
10 mL

  • If urine preservative tube is sent, the primary specimen or Gray top C & S Urine tube (minimum volume 3 ml) must also be sent if culture is ordered or indicated.
  • Collect a random urine specimen (Instructions: English / Spanish). Maintain sterility.
  • Specimen must arrive within 60 minutes of collection.
  • If longer than 60 minutes before analysis, store at 2°-8°C.

Specimen Stability
Specimen Type Temperature Time
Urine Ambient 2 hour
Urine Refrigerated 24 hours
Urine No Preservative Tube (Yellow) Refrigerated 24 hours
Urine Preservative Tube (Yellow Tiger) Ambient 72 hours
Urine C & S tube (Gray) Ambient 48 hours

Microscopic Observation

Setup Schedule
Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Report Available
Same day

Reference Range
RBC: None
Squamous epithelial cells: None
Bacteria: None
Hyaline casts: 1-2/LPF
Other casts: 0/LPF
Mucus: None
Yeast, trichomonas, amorphous material, crystals: None

Performing Laboratory
Banner Fort Collins Medical Center Laboratory
McKee Medical Center Laboratory
North Colorado Medical Center Laboratory
Summit View Laboratory

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.