July 2023 Test Bulletin

July 13, 2023

The July 2023 test bulletin highlights several updates in testing procedures and specimen requirements. Alverno Laboratories has started performing the urea breath test, BreathID® IDkit Hp® Two, in their Microbiology Department. Quest Diagnostics has discontinued several tests, including PETWB, EAPCS, HSVIF, TORAP, and DPDMA, with replacement assays ordered using the Uncoded Miscellaneous test code. Alverno Laboratories has resumed in-house nicotine testing, now accepting gold-top SST samples again, and has updated specimen requirements for Zinc Protoporphyrin (ZPP) testing. Additionally, there are updates on chromosomal analysis for hematological malignancies, TSH receptor antibody testing, and E. coli O157 testing methods.