Pathology Handbook

A index

Test Name

Sample Type

Container

Laboratory

Acanthamoeba Culture

Microbiology

Acetylcholine Receptor Antibodies

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

ACTH

Plasma

Lemon Top (Biochemistry EDTA)

Clinical Biochemistry

Activated Protein C Resistance

Whole blood

Blue Top (Citrate)

Haematology

Acute pneumonia IgM rapid screen

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Microbiology

Acute pneumonia screen

Urine

Red or White Top Universal

Microbiology

Acute respiratory screen

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Microbiology

Adrenal Cortex Antibody

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Immunology

Adverse Drug Reaction

Plasma

Lemon Top (Biochemistry EDTA) + Purple top (EDTA)

Clinical Biochemistry

AFB

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Microbiology

Albumin (serum)

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Albumin (urine)

Urine

White Top Universal

Clinical Biochemistry

Alcohol

Plasma

Grey Top (Fluoride)

Clinical Biochemistry

Aldosterone

Plasma

Green Top (Heparin)

Clinical Biochemistry

Alkaline Phosphatase

Serum 

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Alk. Phos. Isoenzymes

Serum 

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Allergen Specific IgE

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Alpha-1 antitrypsin

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Alpha-1 antitrypsin phenotyping

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Alphafetoprotein (AFP) - tumour marker

Serum 

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Alpha Subunit of TSH

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Clinical Biochemistry

ALT

Serum 

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Aluminium

Plasma

Plastic Heparin

Clinical Biochemistry

Amino Acids - Plasma

Plasma

Green Top (Paediatric)

Clinical Biochemistry

Amino Acids - Urine

Urine

White Top Universal

Clinical Biochemistry

Ammonia

Plasma

Purple Top (EDTA)

Clinical Biochemistry

Amphiphysin Antibody

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

Amylase

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Amylase (Macroamylase)

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

ANA

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

ANCA

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

Androstenedione

Serum 

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Andrology

Semen

Red top semen analysis pot

Cellular Pathology

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme

Serum 

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Antenatal blood group & antibody screen

Whole blood

Pink Top Transfusion (EDTA)

Transfusion

Ante-natal haemoglobinopathy screen

Whole blood

Purple Top (EDTA)

Haematology

Antenatal microbiology screen

Serum 

Gold Top (SST)

Microbiology

Ante-natal sickle cell and thalassaemia screen

Whole blood

Purple Top (EDTA)

Haematology

Anti Staphylococcal Activity

Urine

White Top Universal

Microbiology

Antibiotic assay (other than gentamicin, vancomycin or amikacin)

Serum 

Gold Top (SST)

Microbiology

Antibody screen & blood group

Whole blood

Pink Blood Transfusion Bottle

Transfusion

Antibody titre (blood group antibodies)

Whole blood

Pink Blood Transfusion Bottle

Transfusion

Anti-cardiolipin antibodies

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

Anticoagulant monitoring (Warfarin, INR)

Whole blood

Blue Top (Citrate)

Haematology

Anti-double-stranded DNA

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

Anti MAG Antibodies

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

Anti-mitochondrial antibodies

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

Anti-nuclear antibodies

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

Anti-smooth muscle antibodies

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

Anti-staphylococcal antibodies

Serum 

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Anti-streptolysin titre

Serum 

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Antithrombin assay

Whole blood

Blue Top (Citrate)

Haematology

Anti-Xa assay

Whole blood

Blue Top (Citrate)

Haematology

APTT (Heparin monitoring)

Whole blood

Blue Top (Citrate)

Haematology

Aquaporin Antibodies

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

Ascitic fluid microbiology

Ascitic fluid 

White Top Universal

Microbiology

ASOT

Serum 

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Aspergillus precipitins

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry

Atypical pneumonia screen

Serum 

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Avian precipitins

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Clinical Biochemistry