Urine Culture

 Urinary Tract infections (UTI’s) are considered to be one of the most common human bacterial infections second only to respiratory infections. Women are especially prone to UTI’s, 1 in 5 will develop a UTI during her lifetime. The incidence of UTI’s increases with the presence of diabetes, malformations of the urinary tract system as well as with age. UTI’s are also the most common nonsocial infections mostly linked to urethral catheters and invasive diagnostic procedures. see more


  • Using the patented technology based on light scattering Alfred 60 and HB&L are able to monitor the intense bacteria replication activity from the inoculum step into specific culture broths providing real time growth curves.
  • Quantitative bacterial count results are  reported in CFU/ml.
  • Strong positive samples are flagged after only  45 minutes of incubation. The positive threshold can be customized according to the sensitivity  requirements of the laboratory and patient.
  • Only live bacteria are detected while interference  from non replicating substances such as erythrocytes, leucocytes, dead cells and salts present in the sample  are eliminated during the initial zero reading.


1 – Soro O. et al. (Mic Inst Genova Univeristy, Italy) Performance of a new Automated method for the detection of bacteriuria 7th ECCMID 1995

2 – Russo I. et al. (Microbiology Laboratory, Niguarda Hospital, Milan, Italy), “Evaluation of Automated Bacteriuria Screening System in Samples Collected in the Presence of Bacteriostatic Substances”, Poster, 8th ECCMID, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 25-28,1997. 

3 – Schiller RA (Mic Inst Charitè, Berlin, Germany) Evaluation of an Automated Bacteriuria Screening System 9 th ECCMID 1999 

4 – L. Ricci (Laboratory of Microbiology A.O.S.M. Nuova, Reggio Emilia, Italy) “L’automazione delle urinocolture nuovi percorsi diagnostici ed organizzativi ” SIMPIOS, Grado, 7-9 April 2008.

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