Symptoms & Urine. Dr. First suspects UTI from symptoms: burning with urination, frequency of urination, pelvic & suprapubic pain, cloudy foul smelling urine, blood in urine, constipation etc.. Then performs a urinalysis, bacteruria & white blood cells show on urine test strip. Bacteria can be seen under a microscope on spun urine (now seldom done in dr.S offices). Finally grow or send a urine culture..
Urine tests. A urinalysis to start but culture is the standard.
Urinalysis, culture. Urinary tract infections (utis) may cause a variety of symptoms in men or women (urinary burning, frequency for example). Utis are diagnosed by two tests: urinalysis and urine culture. Urinalysis (to see properties of urine including ph, blood, sugar, and inflammation/infection) and urine culture (to check for specific bacteria or fungal infection) and sensitivity to antibiotics.
UTIs. By symptoms and then urine culture to confirm.
Urine culture. Urinary tract infections are diagnosed by obtaining a culture of the urine. Sometimes a physician can do a quick urinalysis in the office but the most accurate test is the culture which usually takes 2-3 days. If a physician suspects a uti, they will often start treatment while waiting on the results of the urine culture.