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Test Code RVP-PCR Respiratory Virus Panel by PCR


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Specimen Requirements

Nasopharyngeal Swab Collection - NPS specimens should be collected according to standard technique and immediately placed in viral transport media (VTM) such as M5 or M4 (available from the AVH Laboratory).


NOTE: only nasopharyngeal specimens are acceptable; testing cannot be performed on sputum, throat or oral swabs.


Minimum Sample Volume - 300 μL of sample is required for testing, placed into container with 3 mL M5 or M4


Transport and Storage - Specimens in VTM should be processed and tested as soon as possible. If storage is required, specimens in VTM can be held at room temperature (18–30 ºC) for up to 4 hours, at refrigerator temperature (2-8 °C) for up to 3 days, or at freezer temperature (≤15 °C) for up to 30 days.

Reference Values

Not Detected.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Sunday through Saturday; results available same day.



Test Classification and CPT Coding

CPT: 87633


Qualitative, multiplexed nucleic acid-based PCR

Testing performed on the BioFire Diagnostics "Film Array" analyzer.

Detectable Organisms


Coronavirus 229E                     

Coronavirus HKU1                    

Coronavirus NL63

Coronavirus OC43

Influenza A

Influenza B

Human Metapneumovirus

Parainfluenza Virus 1

Parainfluenza Virus 2

Parainfluenza Virus 3

Parainfluenza Virus 4

Respiratory Syncytial Virus


Bordetella pertussis

Chlamydophila pneumoniae

Mycoplasma pneumoniae.