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Test Code RPDCMV CMV Rapid Assay Only

Important Note

Do not use this test for CSF.  For CSF samples use the test Rapid CSF Viral PCR Qual Panel

Clinical System Name

CMV Rapid Assay Only


CMV Rapid Assay
CMV Shell Vial, Body Fluids
Urine CMV



This test should only be used if a viral culture has been already ordered on this sample. Otherwise, the correct test code for a Rapid CMV is "Viral culture Herpes group + rapid CMV" for samples requiring herpes group virus culture (urines, tissues) or "Viral Culture + Rapid CMV" for samples that also require respiratory virus cultures (BAL).

Sample Requirements

Specimen: See Note

Container(s): See Note

Preferred Vol: See Note

Minimum Vol:  see Note


Note: Specimen may be a flocked swab in universal transport media (UTM), tissue in UTM, NP-flexible swab in UTM, body fluid such as BAL or urine (minimum 2 mL) submittted in a sterile container. Swab MUST be placed in UTM at time of collection.


Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Dry swab (not in UTM). Stool samples in a diaper


Aliquot: N

Temp: 2 - 4 C


Storage location:

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

Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: Close batch in Mayo Access and courier to UW NW220. 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: Transport specimen refrigerated as soon as possible after collection.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp






STAT Performed TAT
N Daily 1 - 2 d


Performing Laboratory

University of Washington

Dept. of Laboratory Medicine

UW 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

Reference values accompany patient report.



Method: Tissue Culture + Shell Vial

Analytical Volume: None specified


CPT Codes



Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: Cytomegalovirus Rapid Detection
Reference Test Number:



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