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Test ID FPPCA PCA3 (Prostate Cancer Antigen 3)

Specimen Required



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.

Method Name

Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA) and Hybrid Protection Assay (HPA)

Reporting Name


Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Urine Frozen (preferred) 90 days PROGENSA VIAL
  Refrigerated  5 days PROGENSA VIAL
  Ambient  24 hours PROGENSA VIAL

Reference Values

A score less than 25 is considered negative


A score greater than or equal to 25 is considered positive

Day(s) Performed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Report Available

4 to 9 days

Performing Laboratory


Test Classification

This testing was performed at the University of Michigan Health System, Michigan Center of Translational Pathology, Ann Arbor, Michigan. This laboratory is certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA-88) as qualified to perform high complexity clinical laboratory testing.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
FPPCA PCA3 Not Provided


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Z4886 Result Not Provided
Z4887 Interpretation Not Provided

NY State Approved