Traditional UTI tests are typically done through urine culture and may lack sensitivity and specificity, failing to detect many of microorganisms that cause urinary tract infections.

Traditional urine culture is also a lengthy and time-consuming process that patients suffering from urinary tract infections may not have the time for.[/caption]

Multiplex PCR technology allows for the detection of a larger array of bacteria than traditional testing, and results may also be procured and sent to healthcare providers often within just hours, to ensure that patients get the treatment they need as soon as possible. Failure to detect the UTI microorganisms may have serious consequences for patients, including kidney infections and even complications with pregnancy.

Antibiotic resistance reflex testing is also available at the discretion of healthcare providers to determine a patient’s resistance to certain antibiotics in order to effectively treat them.

The PCR-based genetic test identifies the presence or absence of a specific pathogen. If any tested bacteria are present in a patient sample, we will perform a reflex antibiotic resistance test (ABR) to assess different antibiotic resistance genes.

Benefits of PCR for the Detection of UTI

Identifies bacteria regardless of recent antibiotic use

Identifies pathogens that may be difficult to culture or missed by culture

Offers simplicity and convenience of single specimen collection

Yields > 95% analytical sensitivity and specificity***

Identifies wider spectrum of pathogens from a single specimen

UTI Panel

Candida Sp.
Candida albicans
Candida glabrata
Candida krusei
Candida lusitaniae
Candida parapsilosis
Candida tropicalis
Citrobacter freundii
Enterobacter cloacae
Enterococccus faecalis
Escherichia coli
Klebsiella oxytoca
Klebsiella pneumoniae
Morganella morganiiMycoplasma hominis
Proteus mirabilis
Providencia stuartii
Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Serratia marcescens
Staphylococcus aureus
Staphylococcus saprophyticus
Streptococcus agalactiae
Ureaplasma urealyticum
“Antibiotic Resistance Marker” (Via PCR) –Sensitivity results the following day.

Collection & Transport Instructions

  • Name and Date of Birth on tube
  • Collection Container: C&S Preservative Tube
  • Minimum Volume: 4 ml
  • Ensure arrival within 1-2 days


PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is a method that allows for small segments of DNA to be amplified, or copied. It is essential in the detection of specific bacterial or viral targets, and offers the sensitivity and specificity needed to diagnose and treat infectious diseases such as UTIs, STIs, Vaginitis.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a molecular genetic test used in medical diagnostics laboratories for detecting the presence or absence of pathogen-specific genetic sequences (deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA or ribonucleic acid, RNA). This PCR test accurately identifies the cause of infection. This real-time PCR generates thousands of copies of a unique region of genetic sequences specific to a given pathogen from a very small amount of DNA.  Thus, real-time PCR technology allows for the differentiation between various pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites).