Changes to Urine Culture

As of 23rd March 2015, we will be using a new Particle Recognition System (IQ200 sprint, Beckman Coulter) for urine microscopy. The results of the preliminary test determine whether a sample is cultured, and will also affect the way the Final Report appears:

White blood cells:     reported as numbers per µl    (normal range = 0-40)

Squamous epithelial cells:     reported as numbers per µl    (normal range = 0-50)

The reference ranges are unchanged.

Red blood cells will no longer be reported.

There may be research opportunities to investigate different urinary cellular components (eg casts) in selected patient groups on the Particle Recognition System; please contact me if you want to discuss any projects along these lines.

Dr Cressida Auckland

Posted 4 years ago on