NP Tube and Swab

Test code: 97638

CPT code(s): 87635 (HCPCS: U0003. U0005 will be added at an additional charge consistent with applicable payer requirements), 8467

Methodology: Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) include PCR or TMA, Optical Immunoassay

Includes: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and RSV

Clinical significance:

SARS-CoV-2 RNA (COVID-19), Qualitative NAAT - The SARS-CoV-2 RNA (COVID-19), Nucleic-acid Amplification Test (NAAT) is a qualitative multi-target molecular diagnostics test that aids in the detection of COVID-19. This test is intended to be performed on respiratory specimens collected from individuals who meet the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) clinical and/or Epidemiological criteria for COVID-19 testing. For details visit:

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Immunoassay - Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is considered the single most important virus affecting infants and young adults causing acute lower respiratory tract illness, mainly bronchiolitis and pneumonia. Adults are susceptible to infection but usually experience mild respiratory tract illness. Elderly patients may suffer severe lower respiratory tract disease.

Collection Guide: 

Supply: K162 (tube top color may vary)

Preferred specimen(s): Nasopharyngeal (NP) swab/wash/aspirate

Preferred volume: NP - 1 swab; Wash/Aspriate - 1mL

Transport container:

Transport temperature: Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen stability: Refrigerated: 72 hours

Rejection Criteria: Amies Gel Bacterial Transport Swab; Specimens received on calcium alginate swabs and swabs other than dacron, rayon or flocked nylon; Swabs with shafts other than plastic or aluminum; Specimens received at room temperature (unless the testing is done at point of care)

For additional supply or collection device information, please contact DLO's Customer Service at (800) 891-2917, option 2.

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