Virus PCR

Virus PCR

Test Name:  

Respiratory Virus PCR

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Laboratory Module:  


Ordering Mnemonic:  


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Collection Information:  

Nasal/Nasopharyngeal - Insert flexible, fine-shafted swab into nostril or nasopharynx, rotate in circular manner to collect cellular material.



Nasopharyngeal Aspirate - Using mucous collection device, insert appropriately sized catheter nasally into posterior nasopharynx. Apply suction, using intermittent suction as catheter is withdrawn. If necessary, use small amount of viral transport media to wash sample out of tubing. Transfer aspirated sample to a sterile container.


Test Schedule:  

Mon - Fri

Turnaround Time:  


Stat / Urgent

Same day if received before noon

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Storage & Transport:  

Ship at Room temperature

Test Referred to :   

St Joe's (Hamilton) via Laboratory Reference Centre

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Updated as of Aug 3, 2012

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