HCVQU - Overview: Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA Detection and Quantification by Real-Time Reverse Transcription-PCR (RT-PCR), Serum

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: HCVQU    
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA Detection and Quantification by Real-Time Reverse Transcription-PCR (RT-PCR), Serum

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Detection of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection before the appearance of HCV antibodies in serum (ie, <2 months from exposure)


Detection and confirmation of chronic HCV infection


Quantification of HCV RNA in serum of patients with chronic HCV infection (HCV antibody-positive)


Monitoring disease progression in chronic HCV infection and/or response to anti-HCV therapy

Testing Algorithm Delineates situation(s) when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

The following algorithms are available in Special Instructions:
-Testing Algorithm for the Screening and Diagnosis of Hepatitis C
-Chronic Hepatitis C Treatment and Monitoring Algorithm: Interferon-Free Combination Therapy

Special Instructions and Forms Describes specimen collection and preparation information, test algorithms, and other information pertinent to test. Also includes pertinent information and consent forms to be used when requesting a particular test

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
(PCR is utilized pursuant to a license agreement with Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.)

NY State Approved Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name A shorter/abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test; an abbreviated test name

HCV RNA Detect/Quant, S

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

HCV (RT-PCR) Quantitation
HCV Quantitation
HCV RNA Quantitation
HCV Titer
HCV Viral Load
Hepatitis C Quantitation
Hepatitis C RNA Quantitation
Hepatitis C Titer
Hepatitis C Viral Load