HCPCR - Specimen: Hepatitis C Antibody with Reflex to HCV RNA by PCR, Serum

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: HCPCR    
Hepatitis C Antibody with Reflex to HCV RNA by PCR, Serum

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

If hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody screen by chemiluminescence immunoassay is reactive, then HCV RNA by RT-PCR will be performed at an additional charge.


The following algorithms are available in Special Instructions:
-Testing Algorithm for the Diagnosis of Hepatitis C

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Serum SST

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Collection Container/Tube: Serum gel

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 2 mL

Collection Instructions: Spin down within 6 hours of draw, immediately refrigerate specimen. If shipment will be delayed for more than 24 hours, freeze serum at -70 degrees C until shipment on dry ice.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

1.7 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected


Mild OK; Gross reject


Mild OK; Gross reject


Mild OK; Gross reject


Heparinized specimen or red-top tube

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
Serum SSTFrozen (preferred)30 days
 Refrigerated 24 hours