Test Catalog

Test ID: FPPCA    
PCA3 (Prostate Cancer Antigen 3)

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing



Collect specimen using PROGENSA Urine Specimen Transport Tube (T695) as follows:

  1. Perform an attentive digital rectal exam (DRE) immediately prior to specimen collection (specimen should be collected within approximately 1 hour of DRE).
  2. Patient should collect the first 20-30 mL voided urine following the DRE.
  3. Process specimen within 4 hours of collection (if specimen cannot be processed within 15 minutes, store refrigerated or on ice and process within 4 hours)
    1. Invert specimen cup 5 times to re-suspend cells
    2. Add 2.5 mL of urine to each of the two GEN-PROBE PROGENSA PSA3 Urine Specimen Transport Tubes. (Do NOT puncture the foil seal on the cape of the transport tube; the specimen must fall between the two black fill lines on the transport tube.
    3. Tightly re-cap each urine transport tube and gently invert 5 times to mix; do not shake or vortex.
  4. Send both GEN_PROBE PROGENSA transport tubes frozen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

5 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis: Urine
Thawing: Warm OK; Cold OK
Lipemia: NA
Icterus: NA
Other: Volume <2 mL; incorrect collection kit; Aptima media

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
UrineFrozen (preferred)90 daysPROGENSA VIAL
 Refrigerated 5 daysPROGENSA VIAL
 Ambient 24 hoursPROGENSA VIAL