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Test Code HCPCGT Hepatitis C RNA Genotyping by PCR

Clinical System Name

Hepatitis C RNA Genotyping by PCR


Hepatitis C PCR

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole blood

Container(s): Lavender/EDTA or Red or Gold SST

Preferred Vol: 6.0 mL

Minimum Vol:  2.0 mL


Note: This test can share a tube with other Viral PCR testing but a separate tube needs to be collected if Hematology (CBC, Platelet, ESR, etc) testing is ordered.

Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Dark Green/Sodium Heparin tube or CSF

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: -20 C

Storage location: Spin blood within 2 hours of collection, and transfer plasma to a plastic aliquot tube affixed with a large computer label.

Monday – Friday: Place sample in the Virology Section of the Sendouts Freezer Rack.

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to Virology. Place a copy of the Transfer List (indicate time sent) in the Virology Transport Binder. (Call on Holidays to be sure the lab is open to accept samples).


Off-site collection: Spin sample, freeze serum in plastic aliquot container. Ship frozen.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole blood Room temp

< 2 h

  Refrigerated 24 h


Plasma samples are stable 2-4 hours Room Temp and 48 hours Refrigerated.


STAT Performed TAT
N Collected daily; performed W 4 - 10 d


Performing Laboratory

University of Washington

Dept. of Laboratory Medicine

UW Molecular Virology Lab

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220
Seattle, WA 98195


Phone Number: (206) 520-4600


Department:  Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563

Reference Range

None specified


Method: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes


Send Out Instructions


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Send out M - F with the UW courier. Weekends and Holidays courier on dry ice to UW NW220.