Jan 16, 2018




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RSV Detection

RSV Detection (HCRSVD) Microbiology Lab Test

Name: RSV Detection

Test Name: RSV Detection

Health Link Test Code: HCRSVD


CPT Code(s): 87634

Methodology: PCR

Clinical Information:

Detection of respiratory syncytial virus in respiratory specimens.

Days Performed: See Additional Information.

In-Lab Turnaround Time: 1 day.

Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: 2 hours.

Specimen: Nasopharyngeal Minitip swab (flocked swab)

Collection Container: UTM(Universal Transport Medium)

Collection Instructions:

Obtain UTM from UWHC Central Services, item #4010148.

Stability Ambient:

24 hours

Stability Refridgerated:

1 week

Stability Frozen:

Not acceptable

Specimen Transport:

For best specimen intergrity transport specimen to the laboratory on coolant pack.

Unacceptable Criteria:

Swabs other than nasopharyngeal flocked swabs are not acceptable.


Transport media without a swab are not acceptable.


Refrigerated M4 or room temperature M4 (M4RT) are not acceptable.



Interpretation Type: Expected Results

Test Limitations:

Proper collection and transport of specimen is of critical importance in direct detection.

Additional Information:

Refer to Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection for Respiratory PCR Testing for proper collection.

Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection for Respiratory PCR Testing


Do not submit samples for test of cure.


Do not order simultaneously with Respiratory Virus Panel with Bordetella, PCR [RVPBPCR].