Test Catalog

Test ID: HCVQN    
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) RNA Detection and Quantification by Real-Time Reverse Transcription-PCR (RT-PCR), Serum

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Detection of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection before the appearance of HCV antibodies in serum (ie, <2 months from exposure)


Detection and confirmation of chronic HCV infection


Quantification of HCV RNA in serum of patients with chronic HCV infection (HCV antibody-positive)


Monitoring disease progression in chronic HCV infection and response to antiviral therapy


Determining cure and detection of relapse after completion of antiviral therapy


A reflex test for serum specimens that are hepatitis C Virus (HCV) antibody screen-reactive for diagnosis of chronic hepatitis C.


This test is appropriate for diagnosis of acute hepatitis C in high-risk or immunosuppressed individuals who may be negative for HCV antibodies.


This test can be used to establish a baseline HCV viral load before initiating antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis C.


This test can be used to monitor response and progress during antiviral therapy for chronic hepatitis C.


This test is appropriate for confirming a sustained virologic response and detecting a relapse of hepatitis C after completion of antiviral therapy.

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)

NY State Available Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name Lists a shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test

HCV RNA Detect/Quant, S

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

HCV (RT-PCR) Quantification
HCV Quantification
HCV RNA Quantification
HCV Viral Load
Hepatitis C RNA Quantitation
Hepatitis C Viral Load