We offer routine bacteriology with isolation, identification, and antibiotic susceptibility testing utilizing a combination of phenotypic and nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry is used to identify bacteria. Semiautomated antibiotic susceptibility testing is performed for same-day antibiotic susceptibility testing of blood isolates.
Colonizing organisms can easily overwhelm less robust microbes of huge clinical importance unless media specific for cystic fibrosis samples are employed. Stanford’s Microbiology team has years of experience handling samples from cystic fibrosis patients and we use phenotypic assay and NAATs to improve speed and accuracy of results.
Microbiology offers a range of fungal cultures with yeast and mold identification using phenotypic methods, MALDI-TOF and NAATs. We also offer yeast and mold MIC susceptibility testing using a broth microdilution method.
We offer direct PCR for detection of M. tuberculosis complex in sputum and other specimen types for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis. Mycobacterial isolation on culture and antibiotic susceptibility testing are offered for various specimen types. Mycobacterial identification is performed using multiplexed, real-time PCR, MALDI-TOF, and ribosomal RNA gene sequencing. Interferon gamma release assay (Quantiferon test) is available for diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection.
We offer a gastroenteritis PCR panel that detects enteric protozoan parasites along with bacteria and viruses. We also offer worm and tick identification.