Test Details



Ordering Code


CPT-4 Code(s)

87491, 87591

Specimen Information


Rectal swab

Specimen Preparation

Use the APTIMA® Unisex Swab specimen collection kit (white label) or the APTIMA® Vaginal Swab Specimen Collection kit (orange label). Insert the small, blue shafted collection swab (Unisex kit, NOT the larger white shafted cleansing swab) or the small, pink shafted collection swab (Vaginal kit) approximately 3-5 cm into the rectum. Rotate swab against the rectal wall at least 3 times. Withdraw the swab carefully. Swabs that are grossly contaminated with feces should be discarded and the collection repeated. Remove the cap from the swab specimen transport tube and immediately place the swab into the transport tube. Carefully break the swab shaft at the score line. Re-cap the swab specimen transport tube tightly, label and ship to the lab.

Minimum Volume

1 swab

Transport Temperature

Room temperature

Rejection Criteria

Transport tubes with 2 swabs, transport tubes with non-aptima swabs, broken containers, swabs in M4 media, swabs in viral culture media.


Room temperature: 30 days
Refrigerated: 30 days
Frozen: 30 days


Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA)

Reference Range

Not detected

Performing Laboratory

Quest SJC