Days Set Up
Daily, 24 hours
Analytic Time

24 hours

MiChart Code
Malaria Smear (Includes Antigen Test)
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Parasite Exam, Malaria Smear
Giemsa Stain
Malaria Smear
Microfilaria Smear
Parasite Exam, Microfilaria Smear
Filariasis, Peripheral Blood Preparation
Trypanosoma Blood Smear
Parasite Exam, Chagas Disease
Chagas Disease Blood Smear
Malaria Antigen

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Manual microscopy method and immunochromatograhpic assay for malaria antigen.

Test Usage

Diagnosis of malaria, or microfilaria infestation of blood. The malaria antigen test (Binax Now Malaria; Alere) is intended to aid in the rapid diagnosis of human malaria infections and to aid in the differential diagnosis of Plasmodium falciparum infections from other less virulent malarial infections. Negative results are confirmed by thin and thick smear microscopy.

Reference Range

No malaria or microfilaria parasites identified. Negative for malaria antigens.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Specimens should be drawn immediately before a fever spike is anticipated. Collect specimen in a lavender top tube.

Collection Offsite

Collect specimen in a lavender top EDTA K2 tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature as soon as possible within 24 hours of collection. Specimens should be drawn immediately before a fever spike is anticipated.

Red Top Tube
Normal Volume
3 mL EDTA K2 whole blood
Minimum Volume
2 mL EDTA K2 whole blood

Billing Information

CPT Code
87207, 87899
Pro Fee Code

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Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.