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Test Code HCGU hCG (qualitative), Urine

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Urine
Container/Tube: Urine Cup
Volume: 100mL
Minimum Volume: 30mL
Collection Instructions: Collect first-morning (preferred) urine as it contains the highest concentration of beta-hCG.

Sample Stability

** Preferred temperatures for storage prior to and during shipping to NUH **


Specimen Type: Urine
Ambient: 2 hours
Refrigerate: 72 hours
Frozen: NA


Reference Interval

Interpretation of urine hCG result should take into consideration potential false negatives in:
(a) patients > 5 weeks or < 12 days pregnant
(b) ectopic and molar pregnancy
(c) diluted urine

And false positives in: 
(d) urinary tract infection and/or haematuria
(e) patients treated with antibody therapy
(f) nephrotic syndrome
(g) urine admixed with cleaning solutions/detergents

In these cases, a serum beta-HCG is recommended.

Days and Times Performed

24 hours, TAT 1 day



Service Code



Last updated 26/02/2022

Unacceptable Condition

Haemolysis NA
Icterus NA
Lipaemic NA
Others NA


Testing Laboratory

National University Hospital

Clinical Chemistry, 67724346

Useful For

Early detection of pregnancy