Test Catalog

Test ID: ACT    
Actinomyces Culture, Varies

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

Appropriate specimens are inoculated onto blood agar and into thioglycollate broth which are incubated under anaerobic conditions. Cultures are examined after 48 hours of incubation and thereafter (maximum of 14 days) for the presence of organisms that have characteristic colonial and Gram-stain morphologies. Definitive identification is made using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry or 16S rRNA sequencing.(Procop GW, Church DL, Hall GS, et al: The Anaerobic Bacteria. In Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, Seventh edition. Philadelphia, Wolters Kluwer|Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2017, pp 984-1073)

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.

Monday through Sunday

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.

14 days

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

20 days

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

7 days

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