Imperial Collage Healthcare

Respiratory PCR

Test Background

A nucleic acid amplification test for the qualitative detection of respiratory viruses: Influenza types A&B, Parainfluenza types 1-4, Respiratory Syncytial virus, Adenovirus, Human Metapneumovirus and Rhinovirus

Clinical Indications

For detection of a range of respiratory viruses in respiratory specimens.

Reference Range


Sample Required
Nose or throat swab in Viral Transport medium (VTM), nasopharyngeal aspirate, endotracheal aspirate or bronchoalveolar lavage.

Sample Volume
400ul (VTM)

Turnaround Time
1 day

Turnaround time is 3 days for CMV PCR and PCP

The Enterovirus and Parechovirus tests on the overall panel are newly implemented and awaiting assessment for accreditation.

The Influenza B test on the panel is currently additionally tested using a newly implemented test and awaiting assessment for accreditation.

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