Specific Gravity, Urine

Sunquest Code:USG  
Epic Code:LAB3864Epic Name:Specific Gravity Urine
Synonyms:Refractive Index, Urine
Methodology:Reagent strip
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
Special Instructions:Urine is the only appropriate fluid for specific gravity. For other body fluids, alternatively order a total protein.
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Urine Collection Procedure

Collection Instructions

Specimen:Urine, random collection
Optimal Volume:Submit entire collection; analysis requires 0.5 mL
Container:Plastic leakproof container, sterile (Plastic leakproof container, sterile)
Collection Instructions:Specimen of choice is a first morning mid stream, clean catch urine. Deliver to laboratory within 1 hour.
Causes for Rejection:Collected with preservative.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Urinalysis  (University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics, UMMC-West Bank, UMMC-East Bank, Oxboro Bloom, BurnsRidges, Fairview Lakes - FLMC, Fairview Ridges - FRH, Fairview Northland - FNMC, Fairview Southdale - FSH, Fairview Clinics)


Reference Range:

Newborn (0-2 d)

about 1.012

Infant (3 d – 5 mo)


6 mo and older




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