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Bone Marrow Culture

Ordering Info & Methodology

Test Code

Cerner Synonyms


Bone Marrow C&S, Bone Marrow Culture, Marrow, aspirate, BM

Turn Around Time


Routine Culture (Aerobes & Anaerobes), Fungal Culture, Mycobacterial Culture

Ordering Guide

Specimen Requirements

Sample Type

Collection Container

Alternate Collection Containers

Bone marrow biopsy or aspirate

Bone Marrow Biopsy: Special container with collection kit – Contains C&S Container, blood culture media, petri dish, a requisition, and collection instructions.

Bone Marrow Aspirate: C&S Container and BacT/Alert Aerobic blood culture bottle

Add on stability
This is the length of time after sample collection that this analyte is stable. Test can be added to a previously collected sample if the time since collection is less than the add on stability time.

Minimum Volume

Add On Stability

Collection and Shipping Requirements

Reference Intervals

Female Reference Interval

Age Category
Reference Interval

Male Reference Interval

Age Category
Reference Interval
Additional Notes

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Measurement Uncertainty (MU)
Every laboratory value is an estimate of the true concentration of substance. MU is the 95% confidence interval around that estimate. 95% of the time, the true concentration will be within the range of the reported value ±MU. This value is based on analytical variability (precision) and does not reflect other factors such as sample collection and handling which may also affect the result.


Reported sodium = 140 mmol/L
Sodium MU = 1%
Expanded uncertainty = 140 mmol/L ± 1% or 140mmol/L ± 1.4 mmol/L
Interpretation - the true value of sodium in the sample is in the range 138.6-141.4 mmol/L, with 95% confidence.

Measurement Uncertainty

Follow instructions with the collection kit.

Place the specimen in the bottle containing the agar.  DO NOT press into the agar. Mycobacterial and fungal culture are routinely done if there is sufficient specimen.  If there is only a small amount of specimen, the ordering physician must prioritize the requests.

Indicate any special requests (e.g., culture for special organisms such as Brucella).

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