Urine Culture, Routine
At a Glance
Also known as:Urine Culture and Sensitivity; Urine C and S
Formal name:Culture, Urine
Related tests:Urinalysis; Blood Culture; Susceptibility Testing; Bacterial Wound Culture; Gram Stain; Urine Protein
Why Get Tested?
To diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI)
When to Get Tested?
When you experience symptoms of a UTI, such as frequent and painful urination
A mid-stream clean catch urine sample; sometimes a urine sample obtained via catheter
Test Preparation Needed?
Generally none, but you may be instructed not to urinate for at least one hour before the test and/or to drink a glass of water 15-20 minutes before sample collection.