This test is used to determine the presence of BK and JC virus DNA in patient's specimens. Detection of the virus in these specimens may be indicative of an active infection, as PCR detects the presence of the virus, rather than the host's reaction to the virus
Urine and CSF: Collect in a sterile, plastic, leak-proof
container. Freeze and ship frozen.
Plasma: Collect blood in sterile tubes containing EDTA or ACD
as anticoagulant or in Plasma Preparation Tube (PPT, preferred).
Store collected whole blood at room temperature and separate
plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. Transfer plasma
to sterile, plastic, screw-capped, aliquot tubes.
Serum: Collect blood in sterile tubes with no anticoagulants;
(SS, serum separator tubes) are recommended. Allow blood to
clot at room temperature and separate serum from cells within
1 hour of collection. Transfer serum to sterile plastic,
screw-capped aliquot tubes. Freeze and ship frozen.
Whole blood will no longer be acceptable.
Reported (Analytical Time)
The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party.
Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.
Methodology: Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Reject Criteria: Plasma samples collected with anticoagulants other than EDTA and ACD, Unpsun PPT, Whole blood Transport Temperature: Frozen