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

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: Polypropylene vial (Supply T465)

Specimen Volume: 1.5 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Spin down and separate serum from cells within 6 hours of collection.

2. Freeze serum immediately, and ship specimen frozen on dry ice only.

3. If shipment will be delayed for >24 hours, freeze serum at -70 degrees C (up to 35 days) until shipment on dry ice.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a General Request Form (T239) with the specimen (

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.

0.8 mL

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


Mild OK; Gross OK


Mild OK; Gross OK


Mild OK; Gross OK


Red top tube or tube with any anticoagulant


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)35 days
 Refrigerated 24 hours