Days Set Up
Varies; test performed twice per week
Analytic Time

8 hours

MiChart Code
Hepatitis C RNA, Quantitative, PCR
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


HCV RNA by PCR, Quantitative
HCV RNA Quantitative by PCR
HCV Viral load
Hepatitis C Viral Load
Hepatitis C Viral RNA, Quantitative Assay
Viral Load, Hepatitis C
HCV RIBA Replacement Assay

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

Test Usage

Measures the HCV viral load present at the time of specimen collection. Used as an aid to establish the pretreatment viral load in patients with documented, active hepatitis C infection and to monitor response to treatment.

Reference Range

Not Detected (<12 IU/mL HCV RNA).

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

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Collect specimen in a red top, or SST or lavender tube. Centrifuge for 20 minutes at 800-1600 xg at room temperature, aliquot EDTA plasma or serum into a polypropylene plastic vial within 6 hours of collection and refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze for longer storage. Do not allow frozen specimens to thaw at any time during storage or transport. Specimens submitted in polystyrene tubes are not acceptable. Specimens sent for Microbiology molecular testing require a dedicated sample and cannot be shared with other laboratories.

Red Top Tube
Yellow Top Tube
Normal Volume
2 mL serum or EDTA plasma
Minimum Volume
1 mL serum or EDTA plasma

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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.