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Epic Code LAB3359 Respiratory Pathogens by Film Array

Important Note

This test detects traditional respiratory viruses. Please consider test #8889 HSV Culture or #4234 CMV Culture if clinically indicated.

Test Name Alias

Film Array Respiratory Viruses Metapneumovirus Antigen by DFA 7167 55134 Respiratory Viruses by Film Array | 8206 | Resp FLM ARY

Interface Order Alias


Ordering Instructions

Repeat orders will not be accepted on subsequent specimens submitted within 7 days.

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Viral Transport Media (UTM) Kit with Mini-Tip Swab for NP collection [ITM-1140078]  


Collection Instructions

For optimal detection, collect NP swabs for patients with primarily upper respiratory tract infections and BAL for patients with lower respiratory tract infections.

Do not send both a NP swab and BAL fluid to the lab for testing.


Submit only one specimen type:


Specimen Type: Nasopharyngeal Swab (NP)
Container/Tube: 3-mL UTM/Swab or Saline Collection Kit 
Collection Instructions:  

  • If possible, obtain specimen during the acute phase of the illness during the greatest amount of viral shedding. 
  • Tilt the head of the patient, gently insert the swab through one of the nostrils and into the nasal passage.
  • Rotate the swab tip several times across the mucosal surface.
  • Remove the swab and insert into the red top tube of viral transport medium (UTM) immediately.
  • Push the swab into the tube and break the plastic shaft swab at the break line.
  • Replace cap and screw on tightly.
  • Label specimen with at least 2 patient identifiers (usually name and date of birth)
  • Send to lab immediately
  • Refrigerate if there will be a delay in reaching the laboratory.

Note: ESwab is acceptable but not preferred specimen collection container.


Specimen Type: Bronchoalveolar Lavage, BAL
Container/Tube: Sterile container
Volume: 2 mL
Minimum volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

  • Label container with patient’s full name and birthdate or Spectrum Health MRN. Also include specimen source.
  • Collect the lavage (not less than 1-2 mL of fresh, unfixed material) in a sterile, leak-proof container. 
  • Indicate on the order site lobe and pertinent clinical data (i.e. clinical impression, past diagnosis, radiographic findings and history of radiation or chemotherapy should be included in the order.) 
  • Refrigerate if there will be a delay in reaching the laboratory.


UNACCEPATABLE Specimen Types: NP washings, Sputum, Tracheal lavage/aspirate

Specimen Stability

Ambient: Send to laboratory as soon as possible

Refrigerate: 3 days

Frozen: 30 day

Laboratory Retention: 4 days

Test Frequency

Available daily, routine TAT 24 hours.


STAT TAT is 2 hours from receipt at SHRL (35 Michigan, Grand Rapids). Test is run as soon as the specimen arrives in the SHRL Microbiology department.

Reference Range

Negative for Adenovirus PCR, Bordetella pertussis PCR, Bordetella parapertussis PCR, Chlamydia pneumoniae PCR, Coronavirus 229E PCR, Coronavirus HKU1 PCR, Coronavirus NL63 PCR, Coronavirus OC43 PCR, Influenza A 2009 H1 PCR, Influenza A H1 PCR, Influenza A H3 PCR, Influenza A PCR, Influenza B PCR, Metapneumovirus PCR, Mycoplasma pneumoniae PCR, Parainfluenza 1 PCR, Parainfluenza 2 PCR, Parainfluenza 3 PCR, Parainfluenza 4 PCR, Respiratory Syncytial Virus PCR, Rhinovirus-Enterovirus PCR, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)

Performing Department


Performing Department Laboratory Location

Corewell Health Reference Laboratory, Grand Rapids, MI


Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)



CDM Code


Epic Test ID



Adenovirus PCR: 39528-5

Bordetella pertussis PCR: 23826-1

Chlamydia pneumonia PCR: 34645-2

Coronavirus 229E PCR: 41003-5

Coronavirus HKU1 PCR: 62423-9

Coronavirus NL63 PCR: 41005-0

Coronavirus OC43 PCR: 41009-2

Influenza A PCR: 34487-9

Influenza A H3 PCR: 49524-2

Influenza A H1 PCR: 49521-8

Influenza A 2009 H1 PCR: 55465-9

Influenza B PCR: 40982-1

Metapneumovirus PCR: 38917-1

Mycoplasma pneumonia PCR: 29257-3

Parainfluenza 1 PCR: 29908-1

Parainfluenza 2 PCR: 29909-9

Parainfluenza 3 PCR: 29910-7

Parainfluenza 4 PCR: 41010-0

RSV PCR: 40988-8

Rhinovirus-Enterovirus PCR: 40991-2


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