What is the test?
A urine culture is used in the diagnosis of urinary tract infections.
How do I prepare?
There is no special preparation for a urine culture.
How is the test done?
Detailed instructions on how to collect the urine specimen are available in
your doctor’s office and at the Laboratory. Typically, you will be provided
with a mild disinfectant with which to clean the genital area and a sterile
container and instructions on how to “catch” a clean urine sample.
and when will I get my test results?
Urine culture results are usually available in one to three days, depending
on how long it takes for the culture to grow and how quickly we can determine
which antibiotic will be most effective in treating the infection. The test results
will be sent directly to your doctor, who will share them with you.
is the test performed?
A urine specimen may be collected at your doctor’s office and sent to the
medical center’s laboratory for culturing. Or you may go to any of Cayuga Medical
Center’s five Laboratory
sites. The locations are: Cayuga Medical
Center at 101 Dates Drive in Ithaca; the Cayuga
at 1301 Trumansburg Road,
Ithaca; 5 Evergreen Street in Dryden; Convenient
Care at Ithaca on Arrowwood Drive off Warren Road; and Convenient Care at Cortland on Route 281 and Commons Avenue.
If you have questions regarding lab testing, you can reach the Cayuga
Medical Center Laboratory at (607) 274-4474.