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Monday-Friday 7am to 3pm
Analytic Time

3 hours

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Thr FilmArray Meningitis/Encephalitis (ME) Panel is capable of simultaneous detection and identification of multiple bacterial, viral, and yeast nucleic acids directly from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens obtained via lumbar puncture from individuals with signs and/or symptoms of meningitis and/or encephalitis. The following organisms are identified using the FilmArray ME Panel:
Escherichia coli K1
Haemophilus influenzae
Listeria monocytogenes
Neisseria meningitidis (encapsulated)
Streptococcus agalactiae
Herpes simplex virus 1
Herpes simplex virus 2
Human herpesvirus 6
Human parechovirus
Varicella zoster virus
Cryptococcus neoformans/gattii

Reference Range

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

Specimen Requirements


CSF specimens should be collected via lumbar puncture, and should not be centrifuged.

Normal Volume
2 mL
Minimum Volume
1 mL

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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.