Test Catalog

Test ID: CA25    
Cancer Antigen 125 (CA 125), Serum

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

The Roche Elecsys cancer antigen (CA) 125 assay is a sandwich electrochemiluminescence immunoassay that employs a biotinylated monoclonal CA 125-specific antibody and a monoclonal CA 125-specific antibody labeled with a ruthenium complex. CA 125 in the specimen reacts with both the biotinylated monoclonal CA 125-specific antibody (mouse) and the monoclonal CA 125-specific antibody (mouse) labeled with ruthenium, forming a sandwich complex. Streptavidin-coated microparticles are added and the mixture is aspirated into the measuring cell where the microparticles are magnetically captured onto the surface of the electrode. Unbound substances are then removed with ProCell. Application of voltage to the electrode induces the chemiluminescent emission, which is then measured against a calibration curve to determine the amount of CA 125 in the patient specimen. This method has been standardized against the Enzymun-Test CA 125 II method, which has been standardized against the CA 125 II radioimmunoassay (RIA) from Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc..(Package insert: Elecsys CA 125 II reagent. Roche Diagnostics; V 1.0, 05/2017)

PDF Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information


Day(s) Performed Outlines the days the test is performed. This field reflects the day that the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means that assays are performed multiple times during the day.

Monday through Saturday

Report Available The interval of time (receipt of sample at Mayo Clinic Laboratories to results available) taking into account standard setup days and weekends. The first day is the time that it typically takes for a result to be available. The last day is the time it might take, accounting for any necessary repeated testing.

1 to 3 days

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

3 months

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