Test Catalog

Test ID: QBK    
BK Virus, Molecular Detection, Quantitative, PCR, Plasma

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Plasma EDTA

Advisory Information

This test is the preferred test for BK Virus detection. However, if qualitative results are requested, order LCBKP / BK Virus, Molecular Detection, PCR, Plasma.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions: Centrifuge and aliquot plasma within 24 hours of collection.


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.3 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected


Mild OK; Gross reject







Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
Plasma EDTARefrigerated (preferred)14 days
 Frozen 14 days