Days Set Up
Monday - Saturday
Analytic Time

7 - 10 days

MiChart Code
Soft Order Code

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All specimens should be accompanied by a requisition.

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and sequencing

Test Usage

Broad Range (Universal) PCR is requested on fresh tissue or fluid when in-house cultures and smears yield negative results and the clinical team’s suspicion for infection remain.

Reference Range

Not Detected

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

Specimen Requirements


A separate specimen should be collected in a sterile container without formalin and labelled with “broad range PCR” on the sticker.

Clinician must order Broad Range PCR in MiChart. The on-service resident or covering director will receive an automated page once this order is placed for review. This pager is covered Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Orders placed on off hours will be followed up the next week day.

All Broad range PCR must be approved before it is sent out. Clinician will be contacted by Microbiology attending and/or resident to discuss order during normal work hours. The Broad Range PCR send out may be held to confirm that routine cultures, or smears, are negative.

Normal Volume
2.0 mL fluid or 1 cubic centimeter of tissue
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL or as much as possible tissue

Billing Information

CPT Code
87801 x2, 87556
Pro Fee Code

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Our High Standard

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.