Test Details



Ordering Code


CPT-4 Code(s)


Specimen Information


Collection varies by specimen type, See specimen preparation.

Specimen Preparation

Specimen source required.
Swabs (genital, dermal, vesicle, ocular, oral, nasal, throat, rectal) in viral transport medium.
Swabs in culturettes must be transferred to viral transport within 24 hours of collection.
Biopsy/tissue specimens in saline or viral transport medium (Snap frozen-20°C).
Bronchoalveolar lavage/wash in sterile IATA-approved screw capped plastic container 1.0 mL (0.5 mL minimum).
CSF and body fluid undiluted in sterile IATA-approved screw capped plastic container. 1.0 mL (0.5 mL minimum).
Nasal aspirated in vacuum trap. 1.0 mL (0.5 mL minimum).
Nasal washes in IATA-approved screw-capped plastic container. 1.0 mL (0.5 mL minimum).
EDTA plasma (lavender top). 1.0 mL (0.5 mL minimum)
Bone marrow in EDTA (lavender top) 1.0 mL (0.5 mL minimum)
Urine undiluted in an IATA-approved screw-capped plastic container. 2.0 mL (1.0 mL minimum)
Stool in sterile IATA-approved screw-capped plastic container 2.0 mL (1.0 mL minimum) for liquid stool or marble -size solid stool

Alternate Specimen

The Laboratory Director or Supervisor must approve testing of specimens other than those listed.

Minimum Volume

Determined by specimen type

Transport Temperature


Rejection Criteria

Rectal swabs preserved in formalin, SAF, or PVA
Urine in Grey-Top (boric acid) urine vacutainers
Specimens in Amplicor, EIA, Gen-Probe, or ProbeTec transport media
Specimens in bacteriological blood culture media
Dry swabs, calcium alginate swabs, and swabs in gel transports
Culturettes older than 24 hours
Specimens received in non-sterile or leaking containers
Whole blood


Room temperature: 3 days
Refrigerated: 14 days
Frozen (-20°C): 14 days
Frozen (-70°C): 3 months


Polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This method is genus specific and cannot distinguish adenoviral subtypes. The analytical sensitivity of this assay is 200 DNA copies/mL.

Reference Range

Not detected

Performing Laboratory

Warde Medical Laboratory

New York DOH Approval Status